I can imagine the care and industrious attentiveness the women had when they prepared the spices for their beloved Jesus. I can imagine how numb and withdrawn the hearts and minds were of all the disciples, of Jesus’ loved ones, and of the multitudes that followed Him throughout His ministry. I can picture a great fog of quiet despair – completing motions but not really feeling them, hearing but not listening at all.
Today is Resurrection Sunday! I almost didn’t write this post for my relishing in excitement and celebration all day long. On Friday we mourned, on Saturday we meditated, and today we celebrate our Risen King, who is risen indeed! Sinful men mocked Him, scorned Him, ridiculed Him, then turned around and marveled at His glory at having risen from the grave.
It quickens my heart to think of when Jesus appeared to the Simon Peter and Cleopas on the road – when their eyes were opened and He then vanishes. I can only imagine how now, Jesus, being the Son of God, was operating in an entirely new capacity as Risen Savior. Yes, we know that before He was crucified, the Scriptures say how He would vanish from the multitudes and from men’s grasps. He performed absolute miracles before men’s very eyes, even to the extent of walking on water and raising a man from the grave.
But now, as having raised Himself by Power of the Holy Spirit – this, men could not fathom nor comprehend. It had to have been none other than a marvel. I don’t know about you, but it would have taken a lot for my own mortal, disbelieving body to behold, or at least not be paralyzed in shock. So I empathize with those who had the goosebump-raising privilege of seeing Jesus Christ risen from the grave.
From that day forward and even to this age, if men had not believed before they are now invited to. From that day forward we have been supplied with the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although I wasn’t there, I believe. Though I didn’t see with my own two eyes, I feel the undeniable power and companionship of the Holy Spirit alive with me and within me! How awesome is it to recall with thankfulness and clarity that our daily Friend Jesus truly is the awe-inspiring God, mighty in power.
I love the recollection of the Resurrection because it is true. It affirms and confirms that God so loved us, that He came to the world in flesh to be the propitiation of our sins.
Glory to His Name.
Prayer: Thank You Lord God that You are Risen! You are Savior of the world and You have conquered the grave! I thank You Lord that You have left behind Your Holy Spirit, and that by It we can know Your undeniable truth and power. Glory to Your Name. We thank You that because You are resurrected, we can be revived again, by Your Holy Name Jesus. Thank You! And Amen.
Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
“Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His Glory?”
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.
But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
Luke 24: 25-31 NKJV