24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words. 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 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.
It is helpful for me to always remember that people have always found the resurrection of Jesus nonsense. The truth is that it does not make sense, history, for the most part, tells us over and over again that ‘once dead, always dead’. But here, in the very centre of human history, we have the resurrection from the dead, and promise for all of humanity that death has been defeated.
If not for the grace of God, Peter, James, John and the other disciples would not have believed in the resurrection of Jesus. If not for the grace of God, the Apostle Paul would have continued to persecute Christians and would never have believed in the resurrection of Jesus. If not for the grace of God, I would not believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
When people around me sneer or reject the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, I should not be surprised, nor should I be too down-hearted; it has always been this way. Nor should I be surprised to see the greatest cynics repent and believe the good news… it has always been this way.
Lord my God, by grace you have softened my heart and made me awake to the wonderful resurrection life to be found in Jesus. I ask for the same grace to be extended to my friends, my family and my neighbours.
Written by Andrew Mellor