Judges 8:18-9:21; Luke 23:44-24:12; Psalm 99:1-9; Proverbs 14:9-10
One rolled away stone.
One empty tomb.
Two gleaming angels.
Three bewildered women who saw it all.
Eleven skeptical disciples.
One who couldn’t wait…
“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.” Luke 24:12
Things just didn’t add up for those who watched Jesus die on Good Friday and now it was two days later. An empty tomb meant zero Jesus. His followers were full of doubts, questions, disbelief.
Yet, Peter couldn’t wait. He who turned away from Jesus and denied him three times was the first disciple to turn back–to go check out the women’s report. The day was dawning a new reality.
TO BE CONTINUED….
Lord God, sometimes things are not what they appear to be. Like shining men, empty tombs, and neatly folded grave clothes. Like women who spoke the Easter news, and the ears of the disciples that heard only babble.
Help us to live the Resurrection reality and show the world that life isn’t always what it seems to be. May we know peace instead of fear when bad times happen. Love instead of hate. Forgiveness instead of revenge. Faith instead of doubt. And when death comes to us, may we show our confidence that our life in Christ is TO BE CONTINUED. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord in Zion;
he is exalted over all the nations.
Let them praise your great and awesome name–
He is holy.” Psalm 99:1-3