Today I have the honour of being the final post (along with Alison-Lynn) for the Easter Stories & More blog-hop. Easter Stories & More is a collection of writings from multiple authors in multiple genres–even recipe writing!– by Inscribe Press. Today is also Easter Sunday. Very fitting that I would be posting today about this encouraging collection (that can be enjoyed year-round by the way!) as one of my writings in this collection titled “An Empty Tomb” is a devotion written from the disciples point of view.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came among them and said, “Peace be with you!” John 20:19
An empty tomb.
The tomb which had held Jesus, their saviour, their teacher, their friend, was empty. The broken body of their King, gone.
Peter and John, along with the other disciples, (except for Judas who had betrayed Jesus, and for Thomas who was not with them that day) drew together behind a locked door. John’s gospel teaches it was a first day of the week, and Peter and John had recently witnessed an empty tomb except for strips of linen, and the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head.
An empty tomb.
Although scripture does not name the room where the disciples were hiding that day, bible scholars think it may have been the room upstairs where they stayed before (Acts 1:13) and reference it as the Upper Room.
In the Upper Room that day, I imagine the disciples fear and sadness laced the air, along with the lingering smell of bread and wine from their last supper when Jesus, their Saviour, their teacher, their friend, was still there.
I imagine Peter feeling regret , the rooster’s crow still echoing in his mind.
I imagine John, tears flowing freely in grief and wondering how best to honour his Saviour’s request to take care of Jesus’ mother, Mary
I imagine, even though they huddled together, the room felt empty without the presence of Jesus whose love they had known.
A love that now seemed gone, with an empty tomb while they huddled in that locked Upper Room.
And, I imagine, all the disciples hoping they could have just one more day with Him.
You can read the end of this devotional, and more stories in Easter Stories & More that has been called “well written,” “amazingly imaginative,” and “an attractive and meaningful gift.”
Happy Easter, my friends!
He has risen!
Our blog-hop places:
March 24 – Ruth L. Snyder https://ruthlsnyder.com/blog/
March 25 – Sally Meadows https://sallymeadows.com/blog
March 26 – Eunice Matchett https://albertastoryteller.com/
March 27 – Lynn Dove https://lynndove.com/
March 28 – Pat Gerbrandt https://patgwriter.wordpress.com/
March 29 – Denise Ford https://walkingwithdustyanddee.com/
March 30 – Marcia Laycock https://marcialeelaycock.com/thespur/
April 1 – Valerie Ronald https://scriptordeus.wordpress.com
April 2 – Kimberley Payne https://www.kimberleypayne.com/blog/
April 3 – Marnie Pohlmann https://marniewriter.com/blog/
April 4 – Allison Lynn https://allisonlynn.blogspot.com