He is Risen!

Scripture reading for April 6th:  Luke 24

On the Sunday after the crucifixion and burial of Jesus on Friday,  the women who were close to Jesus went to the tomb to anoint His body with spices.  On arrival, they found the stone rolled away.  When they entered, they did not find a body there.  As they were pondering what might have happened, two men in shining clothes appeared to them and stood beside them.  “. . .the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; He has risen!  Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee:  “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'”  “Then they remembered His words.”  (Luke 24:5-7)

At least five women were at the tomb that Sunday morning and found it empty!  They went and reported to the apostles, but were met with skepticism.   The men who had witnessed the crucifixion and death of Jesus thought that the women were speaking nonsense!  Peter did run to the tomb to check out their report and pondered what he found there–the stone rolled away and grave-clothes but no body!

Jesus appeared later that same day to two disciples who were walking on a road about seven miles outside of Jerusalem.  They rushed back to Jerusalem and were telling the other apostles about their encounter when Jesus appeared saying, “Peace be with you.”  “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at My hands and My feet.  It is I Myself!  Touch Me and see; a ghost does not have  flesh and bones as you see I have.”  (Luke 24:36-39)  Understanding the mystery of the resurrection was difficult even for those close to Him!



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