News from the front porch: GPS sparks grave curiosity
My husband and I noticed a graveyard in the shape of a flag on our GPS, and it sparked our curiosity. It was a huge, sprawling garden with hundreds and hundreds of tombstones.
We talked about how shocking it would be for the sky to become dark like night, the earth shake with an earthquake and then some of those graves implode and deceased Christians get up out of their graves and walk around the graveyard.
Did you know that really happened?
"Jesus shouted out again, and He released His Spirit. At that moment, the curtain in the sanctuary of Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs were opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. They left the cemetery after Jesus' resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem and appeared to many people. The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, 'This man truly was the Son of God.'" Matthew 27: 50-54.
If TV reporters could have covered these incredible events, they would probably have thrust a microphone before one of the men or women that had just walked out of their graves. The freshly-resurrected would probably have said, "What's to be so amazed about, Jesus the creator and savior just defeated death and restored what man lost in the garden, rising from the dead is the natural course of this action!"
Imagine the excitement as the delighted loved ones of the previously deceased brought them food and water and they had a big family reunion in the graveyard until the proper time that they could go into the city and appear to many people. If there had been cell phones, perhaps the news would have reached the disciples. The grief cloud could have rolled back, and the memory that Jesus told them what was going to happen would have been kindled. Then imaginably they could have all rushed to the tomb and possibly have witnessed the angel rolling away the stone.
On the contrary, communication by phone could have changed the ordained supernatural sequence of events, man could have messed up salvation like we did the original garden. Perchance that's why Christ chose a point in time without phones to be born on earth and die to redeem mankind.
There is an exciting event taking place in Augusta that honors the Good Friday remembrance of Christ's tremendous sacrifice for our sins on March 29. It is the annual Good Friday Cross Walk for all ages from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m., starting at Burns Memorial UMC, 2372 Lumpkin Road. It is a 1½ mile walk stopping at Ascension Lutheran, Hillcrest Baptist and ending at St. Joseph Catholic. Transportation will be provided for those unable to make the walk. Call 706-798-1562 with any questions.
We have been going for the last several years. It is an incredible blessing, hope to see you there!
"There had been resurrections before the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but they were all resuscitation to the same kind of life heretofore. Jesus Christ rose to a totally new life, and to a totally different relationship to men and women." - Oswald Chambers