Sunday, March 31, 2013
Easter Morning:Why are you looking for the living in the graveyard?
At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn't find the body of the Master Jesus.
They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, "Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?" Then they remembered Jesus' words.
They left the tomb and broke the news of all this to the Eleven and the rest. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them kept telling these things to the apostles, but the apostles didn't believe a word of it, thought they were making it all up.
Luke 24:1-11, The Message Bible
Doesn’t that just figure. The women have probably been awake since Good Friday, secretly getting things ready for Sunday morning when they could properly put to rest the body of their Lord. Ok, so maybe the women were sleep deprived. Maybe they had imagined the whole thing. I suppose the apostles would think
But wouldn’t you want to believe it? Wouldn’t you want to believe that, yes, your Lord had risen from the dead just like He said He would? Wouldn’t you jump to your feet and go check it out?
Well, Peter did.
But Peter jumped to his feet and ran to the tomb. He stooped to look in and saw a few grave clothes, that's all. He walked away puzzled, shaking his head.
Luke 24:12, The Message Bible
But still he didn’t believe.