Jesus has risen!
When two disciples were on the way to Emmaus, they talked about what had happened in Jerusalem. A week before, Jesus entered on a donkey and was proclaimed to be the long-awaited Messiah. Not even a week later the people all cried: “Crucify Him.” And He died on the cross. On the first day of the week, the women who went to the tomb came back with the message that Jesus had risen. The angel had said so. The stone had been rolled away, and the two disciples who ran to the tomb, Peter and John, had found the linen swaddling clothes in the form of Jesus’ body, however, the linen cloth that had covered the face of Jesus was folded and laid aside. The two disciples didn’t know what to believe. They talked while returning to Emmaus. And a man joined them, seeming not to know what all had happened in Jerusalem. They told him everything, how they thought Jesus would liberate Israel for the oppression of the Romans and their disappointment with his death. And he shared why Messiah had to suffer and die. It was proclaimed in the Old Testament and happened as prophesied. When they arrived at Emmaus, they invited him to their place and when he broke the bread they recognized him. Immediately they returned to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples.
There they learned that Jesus had appeared to Simon Peter, and while they were talking Jesus stood in their midst. Later he showed himself to over 500 others, and to Paul. Life was not easy for the disciples who proclaimed to death and resurrection of Jesus. They were martyred, tortured, killed for their testimony.
Would they have quietly supported that when the resurrection was not true?
And we can ask ourselves the question. What is our reaction to the resurrection? Do we accept it as true? Or do we still doubt?
Acts 2:32 – “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.”
Acts 4:33 – “The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.”
1Cor. 15:3b-4 – “Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried and was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”
1Cor. 15:17 – “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.”