On the first day of the week, very early, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb while it was still dark. She saw that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb.
Here we go again.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
(with insights by N.T. Wright)
In the beginning is chaos. The void. Then the Holy Spirit breaks in and brings light and life. Fast forward to the sixth day when humans are created. Except this time the ultimate human, breaks into creation.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…
Who is this Word?
None other than Jesus.
…The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The flesh speaks and brings light and life and Creation is complete. The sixth day and God saw all he had made and it was very good.
But then the flesh dies and chaos reigns again…And darkness descends upon creation as he is buried in a tomb beginning a long sabbath rest.
Now, in the middle of darkness, the first day of the week. The new week. The new creation. The eighth day, we can call it.
Or the first…
Mary Magdalene and the other women come to the tomb. We don’t know why exactly. Perhaps they will add more burial spices. Or maybe it is just a chance to weep and mourn and think about what could have been.
The tomb is open. What in the world does that mean? Mary stoops down and the chaos breeds more chaos.
What does the new creation mean to you?