• Grave Disappointment

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    Mindful Matters series 2021

    Week of April 4 (Easter), 2021

    Grave Disappointment



    Imagine how Satan felt when His Sunday morning visit to the cemetery revealed an empty tomb. Did he misread his paperwork? Perhaps his tears of delirious ecstasy clouded his reading of the correct section and lot. What happened to the body? What a disappointment to him and to all those who plotted, planned, and applauded last Friday’s execution. A grave disappointment indeed!


    No need to imagine Mary’s initial reaction to the empty tomb. As tears slid down her cheeks, she too expected to find Jesus’ body. It wasn’t there, but the tomb has two other occupants—two angels dressed in anything but mourning clothes. Choking through her grief, she told them what she expected to find. Distracted by what she supposed was the gardener, she faced Him (she didn’t notice the upper case H yet), and in what had to be a testy moment, she demanded to know what happened to His body.

    Then Jesus said just one word. It was her name. And He appointed her to tell the others what she had seen. And everyone lived happily ever after. Right?

    Not yet. Not everyone thought the Good News was so good. Opposition to the Truth spread, and it continued its war on Jesus—right up to this very day, even as you teach the Truth. And no matter what happens, the victory that was His will be yours too. So don’t go spending a lot on a plot. You won’t be there forever, you know.

    “Oh death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:55–57).



    Music matters: He is alive.

    Mindful matters: Enjoy Easter’s afterglow. Spend some time in John 20 this week.


    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association
    Quoted Scripture: ESV®

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