Remember what He told you . . .
Luke 24:1-12 NLT
But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.
Reflection . . .
Again we reflect on the Resurrection story, but from a slightly different perspective, focussing more on the details surrounding the disciples response to the event of Christ’s resurrection. The angels tell the women to remember what the Lord had told them while He was with them, that such things were going to happen. So, then they went to tell the other disciples. They went to tell others, to share the news with those closest to them who came to see it for themselves! It’s a great response to this seemingly impossible event — Christ’s Resurrection!
Are we telling others about the resurrection of Jesus Christ? It’s an essential part of the Gospel message! Without the resurrection there is no gospel, the story is powerless because Jesus would still be in the grave, dead and unable to do anything.
The Gospel, our story is worth telling so let’s not leave out this important event — The Resurrection! It demonstrates God’s power over death. Two aspects to the Gospel that we need to really understand.
- Christ’s death on the cross was the sacrifice necessary to bring forgiveness and deal with our sin once and for all.
- Christ’s resurrection from the dead was the powerful demonstration of victory over death available to us beyond this life.
While these are just summary statements of Christ’s Gospel work, they contain an immense amount of truth and hope for us to grasp.