Yesterday was quite odd. The silence was remarkable, but it wasn’t just the lack of ordinary traffic, or the graciousness of the tribe in respecting my study day. There was a lifelessness to community during the day.
It was quite different from the days when Death is in the air. Sometimes I feel the desire of Death to take me out on the freeway or any way it can. Some days, every business deal seems to die in the first two minutes of discussion. Well meaning e-mails go out and come back with death attached.
Old stuff. Seen it many times.
This was not the spirit of Death. It was a lifelessness. And I am guessing that this was a gift from God designed to teach us something. My hunch is that we experienced the Shadow of Death in a loud enough, intense enough manner, that we could recognize it and label it.
I wonder what would happen if I focused on the emotions of Jesus and those around Him immediately after the resurrection? Jesus was certainly vibrant after the resurrection!
So you have Jesus and Mary of Magdala first of all. Dripping with emotions.
The women and the angel.
Peter and John and the angel in the tomb.
The two on the road to Emmaus whose “hearts were burning” as Jesus taught them. Jesus’ emotions as He did a stunning exposition of Old Testament prophecies about Himself.
The 10 the first time Jesus met them.
Thomas on the second encounter.
Jesus by Galilee when he restored Peter publicly.
Jesus was FREE of the Shadow of Death after the resurrection. I wonder if we could pierce the Shadow with a celebration of His emotions and the emotions of everyone around Him.
If you know of someone who still has a “hangover” today from the Shadow of Death yesterday, why don’t you call the ungodly spirits around them to attention and give them an ear banging about Jesus’ emotions and the trail of human emotions after the resurrection, and see if your friends abruptly get traction with life again.
This is a trial run. Not sure this is the best tool against the Shadow of Death, but since we have a large pool of warriors, let’s give it a run and see what happens.
From the Hub, early morning before flying out to Denver