“I have seen the Lord!” John 20:18
Some time early Sunday morning an angel came, rolled away the stone, frightened the Roman soldiers so much that they fell over like dead men, and went in to wake Jesus from His sleep of death. Everything needed for my salvation was complete when He came from that tomb. Jesus still needed to go back to heaven, just to confirm with His Father that it was complete but I still see that as a mere formality. His resurrection was so “sure” that Jesus even was able to say, “It is finished” as He took His last breathes and died on the cross. As sure as He died, even more sure was his resurrection, and even MORE sure is my salvation because of it. Now THAT’S good news!
The rest of this gospel entry, I must admit, was a bit chronologically sketchy at best. The exact order of events was seen or remembered differently by the four gospel writers so to try and blend them together into one narrative, as I am trying to do with the whole gospel, was a bit tricky. What I do know is that Jesus rose from the grave, some women saw Him, the disciples did not yet, and the emotion of the experience turned lives upside down. I wonder if I would have believed any better than the disciples did if I had seen Him die but had not seen Him come back to life and some woman comes running up to me and saying, “He’s alive! I have seen the Lord!” The story says that the disciples STILL did not understand what Jesus had tried to say to them about the weekend’s “activities” so they were still in the dark when it all took place, “just as He had told them.” They had become so consumed with getting out of Jesus what THEY wanted so that things would work out the way THEY had it figured out that they almost missed the message and the goals of Jesus. I want to believe that I would have believed better than them and that I would have been less distracted with my agenda and more attracted to His, BUT I wonder if my response today to the message that Jesus is coming soon has the same doubting effect that the resurrection had on the disciples? As sure as He rose He’s coming again. Do I believe it or doubt it? What does my life indicate about my belief or doubt? I pray that my faith will be stronger than the disciples because I have listened more intently about HIS plan and not mine SO THAT though I have not yet seen I still believe.
Have a great day solidifying your believe in the surety of His resurrection AND His return,
The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18)