“but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb … he said, ‘why do you weep?’”
“No more tears—He lives!” said the heavenly angel at the grave site. And Jesus said, “Amen!” as He stood before her alive.
No Christian since the resurrection has a valid reason for tears. Of course, momentarily we may weep occasionally, but if we fully understand the glory of the resurrection, even then, our hearts are filled with joy even with our eyes filled with tears! Tears no more shall control our personalities. Jesus is alive—no more tears!
Jesus himself asked Mary, “why are you crying?”—That is, this is not a time for sobbing but shouting! This is not a time of tears but triumph! This is not a time for weeping but wonder! Because He lives, we have hope for despair, victory for defeat, gain for loss, glad news instead of sad news that the world needs to hear!
A CHRISTMAS SHOUT REQUESTED!
“Rejoice greatly, O my people! Shout with joy! For look—your
King is coming! He is the Righteous One, the Victor!”
Zechariah 9:9 Living Bible
Where have we read anything more full of hope and for overcoming
our dark and depressing world than this verse from the Old
Testament prophet Zechariah?
This is victorious optimism that can only be stirred from God’s great
announcement of this arrival. And we don’t sense or see much of
that real spirit even in this special season of the year.
A newscast closed on a Dallas television with the question asked,
“How do people relieve their typical Christmas shopping stress?”
About 22% did it by drinking more and 18% simply went to bed as
soon as possible. Others said, “They prayed a lot!” But God says we
would do well to give a Christmas shout!
Once, while Winston Churchill was prime minister in Britain, a young Billy Graham was called into 10 Downing Street to meet him. In rather gruff tones Churchill asked him, “Young man, do you have any hope for the human race?” Graham outlined from the Bible his basis of hope. I will do the same.
A great European theologian said what oxygen is to the lungs, hope is to the human soul. Hopelessness is terrible because people cannot live without hope. A famous writer, A. J. Cronin, said, “When you stop hoping, you are on the vestibule of hell, for there is no hope there.”