Resurrection Faith


What do you think of the resurrection?  If you are a Jesus follower, you likely believe the resurrection as an essential part of your faith.  If you are new to the ideas of Christianity, you might have a hard time with it.  It takes a step of faith…

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.
John 20:1-10

When Jesus rose from the dead, the empty tomb was found by his closest friends first.  Mary was first, as she was going to embalm the Lord.  Jesus loved Mary deeply, and she was a dedicated follower of the Lord.  His inner circle included both John and Peter, who were next at the tomb.

They didn’t understand what was happening – although Jesus taught them that he would rise in three days, it was such a foreign concept for them to grasp, when it happened they were perplexed.  John, who is writing this account, proclaims in vs. 8 that he believed.

Believed what?  I presume he believed that Jesus was alive.  He, perhaps, made the connection to Jesus’ teaching and believed.  It would have taken a step of faith for sure.

What do you think of the resurrection?  If you are a Jesus follower, you likely believe the resurrection as an essential part of your faith.  If you are new to the ideas of Christianity, you might have a hard time with it.  It takes a step of faith.

Even for the closest friends and disciples, it takes a step of faith.  For our friends and neighbours, it’s an idea from fables and mythology.  In fact, in order for people to consider what we might say about resurrection, they would have to consider us to be authentic and consistent in our demonstration of faith.

In order to enter the conversation about faith, people want to see that it is real with us.  Jesus’ friends came to understanding faith because they saw authenticity in Jesus and his teaching.  They had been with him.  He had proven himself to them and now to take a step of faith to believe in the resurrection was less of a step.

Might we be that consistent, authentic example to others so that we could earn the privilege to discuss such amazing miracles as the resurrection of Jesus from death to life….

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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