Happy Easter everyone! I love Easter because it is such a beautiful time of year and such a beautiful reason to celebrate! Christ our Lord has conquered death! Here is the Easter Bible passage, ESV style:
Luke 24:1-12, 36-40 “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise? And when they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told these things to the eleven and all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen clothes by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.”
“As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.”
When I was typing this out I noticed some things in the passage that I hadn’t noticed before. One of them was that the disciples didn’t believe what the women told them about Jesus having risen. You would think that someone wouldn’t joke about something as important as Jesus rising, wouldn’t you? Well, they weren’t! The disciples were Jesus’ followers, the ones who helped spread the word about Him and believed Him. They should probably have known by then that Jesus is capable of rising from the dead, and more! I think this accurately describes what most Christians are like today. We say we believe in Jesus, but we can’t even begin to imagine what He can do! Think about the Easter passage for a minute. Jesus was dead, and we know that He was fully dead, like all the way dead, because He didn’t rise until three days after. If it had happened on the same day He had died, then people might question whether He was really dead and had just come out of unconsciousness or something. But no, Jesus was fully dead, and He came back to life after dying. That’s impossible. At least it is for an ordinary human. But Jesus wasn’t an ordinary human. He was 100% human and 100% God. Just being that alone is beyond anything I could have imagined. Christ rose from the dead. He is alive. We are going to see Him one day. That is a miracle.