“But Christ’s lore and his apostles twelve,
He taught and first he followed it himself.”
– Geoffrey Chaucer
On this day in 1387, Geoffrey Chaucer tells The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as the start of the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury.
It’s Monday. Most Mondays finding us dreading the beginning of another week, and longing for more weekend.
But what a weekend it was. Jesus was arrested, beaten and crucified.
All of our hopes and dreams were gone. It was over.
Except that it wasn’t.
Early on Sunday morning, Mary and the other women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus with spices. This helped with the decomposition process and the stench. But when they arrived at the tomb the stone had been rolled away and the body was gone.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead.
– Matthew 28:5-7
We serve a risen Savior.
No one else can say that. No one.
“He’s firmly, irrevocably, unambiguously convinced that you’re somebody worth dying for.”
– Lee Strobel, What Jesus Would Say: To Rush Limbaugh, Madonna, Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan, Bart Simpson, and You
It’s Monday, we don’t want another weekend like we just had. Then again, Sunday was pretty awesome.
But we can’t rest on the news from Sunday. The question now is what are we going to do with it.