Prepare to listen. The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. (Psalm 118:14)
Read Luke 24:1-12
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in, they did not find the body. 4While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 6Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ 8Then they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.
Luke’s account of the resurrection is something of an anticlimax. The women were perplexed, Peter was amazed, and Jesus isn’t in the picture! The women were terrified at the sight of the two men in dazzling clothes but listen to them. They remembered Jesus told them he’d suffer, die and rise again on the third day. They remembered and ran to tell the eleven apostles and the others who remained faithful to the end. Did the women believe? Luke doesn’t say. But he does say that the people the women witnessed to didn’t believe and only Peter went to the tomb. His reaction was amazement. Did Peter believe? Did he remember Jesus’ words and put two and two together? We know he, and the others did, in the end and so became faithful witnesses of the good news of Jesus. Sometimes, when things get bad and believing is hard, all we can do is remember. Remember the stories and how they once affected us; remember the cross and Jesus’ words. If all we do is remember it will be enough to help us through the bad times and restore faith and hope in Jesus. Hallelujah! Christ is risen.
Remember aspects of the story of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection that have most affected you and hold onto them today.
Respond to Jesus in prayer
Lord Jesus help me remember what I’ve learned about you, from you, with you. May it stay alive in me and see me through those times when life and you seem silent. Amen.
Go, live obediently in the world, where Jesus is alive. Hallelujah!
Reading the Bible has always been essential to followers of Jesus. I've been reading, studying, teaching and writing reflections on biblical texts for as long as I can remember. I invite you to read the Bible with me during the Lent and into Easter Sunday.