1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;
5 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?
6 He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,
7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
8 And they remembered His words,
9 and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.
11 But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.
Does this story seem a little surreal to you?
If someone came to you today and told you that someone who died is no longer dead, you would probably write them off as crazy. You may wonder what illegal drugs they are on, because clearly they aren’t thinking straight. You may even question their sanity.
The apostles thought it was strange gibberish for sure. The tomb is empty. Jesus’ body has gone missing. Mary told them that angels had appeared. And, the icing on the cake, they said Jesus was resurrected and no longer dead. Hold on…wait a minute…what?!
The reality of the resurrection is truly astonishing. For many in the church, our error with the resurrection may not be that we fail to believe it is true, but that we have become too familiar with these life-changing truths.
Today, take time again to reflect and meditate on the unbelievable but completely true reality of the resurrection of Jesus.
• How might you have responded if you were one of the disciples?
• How does the resurrection inspire awe in your heart as you reflect on the reality of these events?
• Praise God that He has raised Jesus from the dead and He continues to raise dead people to new life in Him.