He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. – Matthew 28:6
Happy Easter, friends!
As I read about Christ’s glorious Resurrection this morning, a phrase from today’s Scripture jumped out at me: “as he said.”
The Lord had told his followers that he would come back to life after his death…
And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. – Matthew 20:19
… but they seemed unprepared for both the Crucifixion and Resurrection. They were perplexed by the empty tomb – except, perhaps, for the Apostle John, who seemed to comprehend what had truly happened to Jesus when he peered into the sepulchre.
Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. – John 20:8
As I’ve studied Scripture, I’ve often wondered how the disciples could have been so obtuse. How could they have missed that Jesus would have to fulfill all the prophecies concerning the Messiah?
Furthermore, how could they have disregarded what Christ clearly told them himself, more than once?
But then, if I put myself in their place, I know that I am certainly no wiser than they were. I imagine that the concept of a Savior whose mission was to die, rather than to become a conqueror who would save them from Roman rule, would have been mind-bending.
I would have seen Jesus’ miracles in person. I would have known that he had the power to rescue his people in any way he chose.
I would have refused to believe that his choosing a brutal death could provide salvation not only for the Jews, but for all mankind.
But that’s what he said.
Yes, I would have missed what Jesus was trying to tell me as well. I wonder, how often do I still miss what the Lord is clearly telling me, whether through Scripture or through the circumstances of my life?
I have sometimes struggled with the answer to a dilemma, when I should not have struggled at all. The answer was already clearly spelled out in Scripture, or being softly spoken by the Holy Spirit.
I just needed to listen.
Have you ever imagined what it was like to be a disciple? Have you ever missed what the Lord was trying to tell you? I appreciate your wisdom, as always!