Risen Indeed!


Imagine the scene.   Jesus is dead.  GOD IS DEAD.  His life cut short, taken out of jealousy and political expediency.  He was buried Friday before sundown, and his disciples could do nothing for Him on Saturday.  Saturday, after all, is the Holy Sabbath.  While we know that Jesus was Lord of the sabbath, at this point he is not Lord over death.  Death has Him.  He is in His grave.   

Finally, Sunday comes!!  Now, finally, they can go and honor Him.  They can mourn Him.  They can properly prepare His body.  While they may be disillusioned with the events of the past few days, they still believe He was the Messiah.  They just believe those earthly enemies had killed Him before that destiny could be fulfilled.  So, they were going to treat Him as if He were a king.  Because He was their king. 


But…where is He??  The stone is moved, the body is gone.  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 they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.   So…that’s what He meant!!  We remember these things He told us, things we did not understand, because they made no sense.  But it still makes no sense.  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. 

Would you believe them??   DO you believe them?   But Peter believed – 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.   That’s right, Peter.  Peter would be the one, wouldn’t he?  The Rock on whom Jesus would build His church.  The one who denied Jesus three times, then wept bitterly when he realized it was just as Jesus told him.  He remembered the words Jesus had told the  just days before.  And – Peter had learned to believe what Jesus told him.  When he went to that tomb, looked inside, and saw it was empty, he knew.  He knew Jesus had risen from the dead!!  He knew – all had not been folly.  He knew – Jesus WAS indeed the Messiah he had been waiting for!  He had overcome death, and risen from the grave!  


Jesus Christ is risen indeed!!  He has overcome sin and death.  His resurrection that Sunday morning, and his walking among his disciples for 40 days afterward, PROVE that He was indeed the Son of God.  He was who He said He was!!  Yes, He was, and Peter believed as soon as he looked into that tomb and saw it was empty.  He knew Christ had defeated death.  Do we?  More importantly – Do you?   


“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 they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to 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 cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭24:1-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 

http://bible.com/59/luk.24.1-12.esv

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