“Go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you”.
Mk 16:7 NIV
When Jesus appeared to his disciples after he had risen from the dead there is a strangeness about it all. He was able to appear and disappear at will. As he came on the road to Emmaus and then disappeared whilst they were eating, so he came in and went out on other occasions as well.
According to Mark there was “a young man” inside the empty tomb on Easter Day. He told the women to inform the disciples that Jesus would see them again in Galilee. And one of his appearances to them was when they had the miraculous catch of fishes and Jesus took Peter aside to speak to him personally. The main point of the message was that Jesus was going ahead of them. This is always so.
He goes ahead of us after all our high moments – back to our homes and our routine activities. Back to where we have to hammer out our faith in the day-to-day realities of life. And he goes ahead of us into the future life which, by his resurrection he has promised us. The future is scary for us. What will happen in the world? What will happen to our dear ones? How will our children be – and theirs? And what will it be like passing into the new world that awaits us? The answer to all these is that Jesus Christ will be part of it – part of all of it. It is wiser not to speculate but leave it in his hands – in the hands of him who goes before us in all things.
Lord, I do not know the future, but I do know you.