5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” Mark 16:5-7
Most of my life I was overwhelmed by one addiction or another. No sooner did I overcome one addiction then I jumped into a new one! My behavior patterns kept me on an unending spin cycle of turmoil. Whether I overcame alcoholism, drugs, or eating disorders I never seemed able to overcome the underlying pattern of addiction that controlled my life!
Addictions were slowly killing me from the inside out. This pattern led me down many dark paths and always to the same place – a tomb of despair because of the belief that my life would never change. I believed that I was doomed to a life of addictions. A life of dead-ends, dead feelings, and dead hope!
I was like the women in Mark’s Gospel who took the spices to Jesus’ tomb. I wasn’t expecting resurrection power to be at work at that point or in that area of my life. I had never experienced any freedom from the deadness that seemed to live in the pit of my stomach. The deadness that craved to be constantly fed by whatever I chose to stuff in it – my addiction of the moment, so to speak!
I had basically, crawled into my addiction tomb and rolled the rock across the opening. I’d decided f I could not be free then I might as well hide the “hope of freedom” from my sight.
In Mark, the angel tells the women that Jesus is no longer in the tomb and He has gone ahead of them and will meet them in Galilee. Talk about some good news!!!! Jesus already knew where He would meet them…He had gone ahead of them…and they would see Him there! The women got to see, with their own eyes, that Jesus had overcome death. The proof was in the empty tomb.
I don’t know about you, but this makes me wonder, “Where is my Galilee?”
The place where I can go to get out of the tomb of despair and addictions. The place where we can go to be set free from whatever is keeping us trapped (e.g. sickness, addictions, fear, pain, etc.) The place that Jesus has gone ahead of us, where we will see Him, and meet with Him.
I think that our “Galilees” might be in different places at different times. One of “my Galilees” was/is the Healing Ministry. Jesus knew I was going to need inner healing in order to begin rolling away the rock to set me free from my tomb. He did this through a wonderful friend of my mother’s. She had experienced healing while attending the Healing Service at All Saints Church. During my time of desperate need, she told my mother that I should try going to the Healing Service.
The rest is blessed history! Jesus knew where He was going to meet me. He went ahead of me. And I saw Him there! I have first-hand, personal experience that His resurrection power is at work in my life – and all of our lives – each and every day!
I don’t know where “your Galilee” is, but I do know that Jesus will be there waiting for you!