Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 16, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 16, 2011
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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The earth shook
"At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn
in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and
the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened,
and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep
were raised. After his resurrection they came out
of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared
The earth shook while many other strange and
frightening things began to happen the moment
Christ died. The curtain of the Jewish temple
in Jerusalem was torn from top to bottom. Rocks
shattered. Certain graves actually released their
dead, and many corpses of known holy people were
raised to life. They came out of their tombs.
How terrifying this all must have been. The sun
had disappeared and all was dark. Where was God
in this dark moment in world history? I imagine
many people huddled in fear and wonder.
We are told that the raised dead actually appeared
to many in Jerusalem after Christ was resurrected.
Even in the moment of Christ's death, death was
conquered. The power of the grave was shattered
forever as faithful and holy people were miraculously
raised from the dead, testifying to God's great grace
and power. There were many empty tombs the moment
What does this mean for us? We can personally
claim the Christian hope that we too can experience
resurrection through Jesus Christ, God's crucified
and beloved Child. Jesus himself experienced death
for us and understands our human frailties and fears.
We can take courage at the moment of our death and
experience spiritual comfort when loved ones die.
Death has been conquered forever.
Someday the dead in Christ will be raised again (1
Thessalonians 4:13-18). Oh death, where is your
victory? Where is your sting? (See 1 Corinthians
15:54-56.) Christ has conquered the grave even in
death. Death cannot hold him. Death is not the end.
We have hope beyond the grave (1 Corinthians 15).
Beloved Christ, you have tasted death for me and
offer all of us resurrection hope. Help us encourage
each other with these words. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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