“But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.”
Luke 24:1-3 NLT
I’ve always been a night owl instead of an early bird. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the morning times. Throughout Scripture, we see that mornings are special to God.
The psalmist found his time in the morning to cry out to God for prayer, for protection and for petition. “Lord, in the morning you will hear me; in the morning I will present my case to you and then wait expectantly for an answer.” (Psalms 5:3)
It’s A Time To Seek Him. Although we can spend time with God at any hour of the day, the morning is a time of new beginning. Just like that first cup of coffee can wake up our bodies, the first communication with God can awaken our spirit. The psalmist shares his dependence and desperation for first contact with his Creator, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.” (Ps 63:1 NKJV)
It’s A Time For Joy. There’s something about the rising dawn that brings renewal. Even when nights are filled with heartache, a new day brings new hope. David writes, “For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Ps 30:5 NLT). Just as those who came to the tomb of Jesus early on a Sunday morning, we too can trade tragedy for triumph . . . joy does come in the morning.
It’s A Time For New Mercies. No matter how much love and mercy and grace we need, there’s always more than enough. The book of Lamentations shares some encouragement, but, in the middle are some words of great hope, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lam 3:22-23 NLT). The old King James reads “the mercies of The Lord are not consumed . . .” He has all the mercy you need. He will never run out. It’s there . . . fresh, full and free every morning.
It’s The Time Of The Empty Tomb. I can’t get away from the resurrection morning. For the followers of Christ, all hope was gone. Their beliefs and faith had been crucified and placed in a burial tomb. It was all over. John records the power of that monumental morning, “Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.” (John 20:1 NKJV). As Mary and the disciples soon discovered, the tomb was empty and Jesus had resurrected. Charles Swindoll writes, “The devil, darkness, and death may swagger and boast, the pangs of life will sting for a while longer, but don’t worry; the forces of evil are breathing their last. Not to worry…He’s risen!”
Today is a new day that begins with a new morning.
This is your morning to seek Him because He wants you to find Him.
This is your morning to experience joy because He is your Joy unspeakable and full of glory,
This is your morning to be renewed in mercy because He is the God of mercies.
Today is your morning to hope . . . to live . . . to love . . . to heal . . . to forgive . . . to rest . . . because His tomb has been vacated . . . IT IS EMPTY.