THE SAME POWER // Weesie Vieira

Sunday's Easter service was truly a special day. The vastness of God’s reach and the depths of His love are immeasurable, and His great work brought so many to C3 Brooklyn this Easter weekend.

Pastor Josh spoke on the story of Mary Magdalene seeing Jesus in the garden, which probably more relevant to each of our day to day lives than we even know. When Mary goes to the burial site, she is so distraught and enveloped in her own pain and sorrow that she is unable to recognize her Savior when she first encounters Him. It isn't until He speaks her name that she registers that it is, in fact, her Lord and Teacher standing before her, alive and whole again. 

Oftentimes we are so distracted by our own day-to-day troubles, disappointments and stresses that we fail to recognize God’s presence in our lives, even when we see it head-on. The darkness of the city and of this life can sometimes eclipse the beauty of the blessings that God surrounds us with. But what I love about the story of Mary at the tomb is that even though in her sorrow she does not recognize Jesus, He knows her deeply, and calls her by name. It is the same for us. God knows all of us inside and out and calls each of us by name, even if when we do not recognize Him at first. 

I pray that in this season of rebirth and renewal, we will be a church who seeks out our Lord no matter what suffering the day, week or year brings along. I pray that Jesus’ scars from the cross will remind us that whatever pain we feel in our lives, He has felt it, He understands it, and He will make us whole again. I pray that in suffering, we may learn relief; in grief, we may learn sympathy; and in sadness, we may learn joy. As 1 Peter 4:13 says, “But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.”

Though the depth of God’s gift can be difficult to wrap our heads around, we must remember that His resurrection is what frees us from our chains and lifts our burdens and sorrows. It is what unifies us always with Christ, our creator.