He is not here! He is risen, as He said!

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 19:12 — Carrie

 Just picture it. The disciples, locked into a room. Scared, worried, and completely unsure of the future. Suddenly, there's footsteps. The door is opened, and Mary Magdalene and the other Mary tumble into the room. "He's alive! He's alive!" Perhaps out of breath, for they no doubt had run. "Really! There's an angel, and the stone is moved, and he's gone, and he's alive! We saw him! Come, Peter, John, you have to come see!"

I can only imagine the stupefied amazement with which they must have been met. Alive? No way. Jesus was dead! They saw him die! There was no way he was alive again. Nevertheless, Peter and John rushed out. They had to see what the women were talking about. 

They arrived at the tomb and, sure enough, just like the women had said, the stone was rolled away! They peeked in. The grave was empty! There were the grave-clothes, lying untouched inside. They greatly wondered at this. How could this be?! Peter was the first to believe. Yes. Christ must be alive. He didn't know how, but he knew it must be true. He and John rushed back to the house to tell the others. 

They were met with disbelief. Seeing is believing, after all, right? How could this possibly be?! It must be some cruel trick! They just couldn't believe. 

 And then, suddenly, while they sat down to eat, when the doors were locked and the windows shut, there he was. Jesus! Right there in the room! The shock must have been incredible. If it had been me, I would have sat there, the knife poised over my meat, my mouth hanging open, hardly daring to move. With what joy they must have greeted him, when the realization of his resurrection sank in!

And then there was Thomas. Jesus disappeared as fast as he'd come, and then Thomas shows up.

"Jesus was here! He's alive! We saw him! He just showed up! The women told us, they saw an angel! He's alive! I can't believe you missed him! He's alive!" The clamor of voices that must have met him was surely overpowering. Thomas stares in disbelief. Alive? Yeah, right, suuuuure he is. Sick joke. You guys must be crazy! Someone's pulling a nasty joke on you, cause it just can't be. I won't believe it until I see it!

Thomas always gets a bad rap, but the gospels say that *none* of the disciples, save Peter and John, believed until Jesus showed up. What little faith they all had. What little understanding of all Jesus had been saying to them the past several years. And yet how like us they were. So lacking in real faith when it really came down to it. 

"Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

We see not, and we believe, so we are blessed, but how often does our faith lack? We've believed unto salvation, but how often do we fail to believe the simple promises of God? How often do we not trust in the truth that God will take care of us. We worry, we fret, we panic. Yet if Jesus Christ has come to earth and given up his very life, so that we may have life more abundant, than how can we not believe that he will care for us so very much? How much greater can his love be? If he was willing to do something so great, why wouldn't he do something so very little? 

Maybe I'm just preaching to myself here, but it's true. We claim the truth of the resurrection and so often fail in our faith of his other promises. 

Let's take hold of his promises today, and rejoice in the amazing love of our Saviour. The love that caused him to give up his very life, and be scorned by his Father, so that we may know the peace and joy that only come from a life found in Him. 

We serve a risen Savior, he's in the word today! I know that he is living, whatever men may say. I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of care, and just the time I need him, he's always there. He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me, and talks with me, along life's narrow way. He lives, he lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart!

Hallelujah, Christ is risen!












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