Sunday: The Day of Resurrection
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen… ” Luke 24:5,6; “I have Seen the Lord!” John 20:18
As sure as the sun rose this morning, the Son has also risen. “I have seen the Lord!” Mary (Magdalen) declared to the eleven. She was breathless with excitement and the effort of running all the way up the steep hill from the tomb, in the garden outside the wall to the upper room where the apostles and disciples cowered in hiding. The Lord is alive! And if He lives, think what that must mean for us.
Think what that must have meant for those who knew him then. Thirty six hours earlier they went into hiding believing that all was lost. And now, this woman from whom Jesus exorcised seven demons stands before them declaring that the Lord is alive. We call Thomas the “Doubter”, but it was Peter who ran from their place of hiding down to the garden tomb to see for himself that the tomb was empty. What would you have done, if you were Peter?
Over the next fifty days the risen savior appeared to more than five hundred eye witnesses and more than three thousand were witness to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at pentecost. What would you have done? After His resurrection He said to His disciples, “Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?” I wonder what you will do when I declare to you that the Son is risen. The Lord is alive! I have seen the Lord! I hope, like Peter, filled with doubts and fear, you will run to see for yourself.