Reveal yourself to each of us, Lord. May we encounter your power today. Help us to be more open to wonder. May we consider the circumstances of our lives and look at how your truth and word are threads pulled through our lives…
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”
Jesus had told his followers that this would happen. As he was being arrested and tried and executed, they still didn’t make the connection. On this new day – resurrection Sunday – they were reminded of this by the angels who were sent to encourage them.
The women at the tomb of Jesus returned to Jerusalem to the eleven disciples and the other followers of Jesus. They told their story of what had just happened and the other followers did not believe them. Like the rest of this story, a missing body didn’t make sense. It seemed like nonsense to them.
Peter ran to the tomb. He had to see for himself. There were strips of linen on the floor of the tomb. Jesus was gone. Peter wondered to himself what had happened.
1Corinthians 1 tells us that the message of the gospel of Jesus is foolishness to those who are lost and perishing. To those who have faith and are being saved it is the power of God. To those who do not believe, it is nonsense. To those who believe it is everything.
We see in this story, how followers of Jesus are confronted with his resurrection for the first time and start to move from foolishness to power. It starts with wonder. Peter wondered. He was open to it. He had seen and heard enough from Jesus to know there was always more to the story than what met the eye.
Would you be open to more wonder? Would you consider the circumstances of your life and look at what the Bible says happens and will happen? There is more to it. God is the ever-present theme and purpose and underlying power.
Reveal yourself to each of us, Lord. May we encounter your power today.