“But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened” (Luke 24:12).
I was sitting in the dentist’s chair after exchanging pleasantries with the dental hygienist preparing for my biyearly cleaning. I noticed the screen that had the x-rays of my mouth--intriguing images. I felt sorry for the young lady, realizing she was assigned to serve me. Not that I would bite, complain, or fidget; but because my teeth develop a large amount of tartar. This time I thought I might have less since I had been flossing regularly, (well at least for the week previous). However, after her thirty to forty minutes of buzzing and scraping, I realized that, once again, the cleaning of my teeth was much more work than for other members of our family.
As I was in that dentist chair, I had ample time to look at the x-rays of my mouth. I marveled at the technology to have those pictures, yet I marveled more about the teeth embedded in the bone, sort of like an iceberg, with much of the tooth being the root that is not seen with the unaided eye. I marveled at the tooth root being sensitive enough to absorb nutrients and, oh, so sensitive when probed. I asked the hygienist questions about enamel compared to the bone. She responded, “The enamel is the hardest substance of the human body.” I wondered about the chemical composition of the enamel; she did not know. Anyway, she had more buzzing and scraping to do. I continued to marvel at the magnificent design and function of teeth as she diligently went about her assignment. Praise God for giving us our “body and souls, eyes, ears, (teeth), and all of our members” (body parts). We could marvel about each one of our body parts and about every iota of God’s creation, along with His redemption and sanctifying work in and for us. He provides for us wondrously.
Let us empathize with Peter as “he went home marveling at what had happened.” Luke 24:12 is a verse from this year’s Easter’s Service. I am planning to share more thoughts on Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. With the Divine motivation of love for each human, Christ was led to demonstrate “what wondrous love is this” that Jesus, true God, would “bear the dreadful curse for my (our) soul” (LSB 543).
Through Lent we are considering our Lord’s Places of the Passion: the Prepared Table, the Upper Room, the Betrayal, the Courtyard, the Trial, His Last Supper, and the Cross. At each of these places we can marvel, “What wondrous love is this” that God has for mankind.
I encourage you to pause and marvel at some things that we take for granted, such as teeth or God’s love. Through marveling, we may end up with some questions. Pursue answers to those questions. Those answers may lead to further marveling and further questions. Marveling at God’s handiwork, His redemptive work in Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work is bound to be good for us now and eternally. Amen.
The Lord be with you,
Pastor Sam Wiseman