Authored by Lou Geense
Read: Luke 24:1-12.
Vs. 5-6 – “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!
Can you imagine being one of the disciples that came to the tomb prepared to place perfumes on the body of Jesus only to find he was not in the tomb. I have to admit that my pragmatic side would begin to look for logical conclusions. Furthermore, as much as I want to be a person of faith, I would most likely have been standing with Thomas John 20:26-28.
It is clear from the record of resurrection morning that confusion ruled the hearts and minds of the disciples. Mary believed the body had been stolen, the other disciples still had not understood that Jesus must rise from the dead. It is Jesus and the angels that bring clarity, calm and peace to the disciple’s hearts. The angels caused the women to draw on their memory and remember Jesus’ words that he would be crucified and on the third day rise again (vs. 7-8). In John’s account Jesus calls Mary by name and in her distraught state she recognizes Jesus (Jn. 20:16).
In the midst of confusion and chaos Jesus reigns with truth and certainty, even today. In the midst of our present chaos and confusion Jesus is still the one to whom we should run for clarity, certainty and hope.
The resurrection of Jesus is the most awe-inspiring event in the history of the world. It’s not just that Jesus came back from the dead; Elisha had raised a dead boy to life, and Jesus himself had raised several people. The unique thing about Jesus’ resurrection is that it is permanent—Jesus is still alive! Jesus overcame death forever! That means he reigns forever!
Because of Jesus, death no longer has the finality it once had. Jesus demonstrated his power over death so that we can have real hope that he will conquer our death as well. Like Jesus, many of his followers will die. But, because of Jesus, all who follow him will one day be raised back to life. Resurrection Sunday will one day be resurrection day for all who believe! Amen!
Lord Jesus thank you for your truth, your clarity and your sure and very real hope. We praise you for your sacrifice on our behalf. Father thank you for your plan of salvation. Thank you for the truth & promise of your resurrection. Halleluiah and Amen!