Sunday, April 20, 2014
The stone was moved.
The burial shroud of Jesus
was still wound up
and discarded in an empty tomb.
I imagine the very same ones
who announced to the shepherds,
"He is here!"
"He is not here,
for He has risen,
as He said."
We can read the Scripture accounts
of what happened that Easter morning.
But there is even greater
evidence of the Resurrection.
For behind locked doors,
His disciples cowered in fear.
All was lost.
Jesus was not
who they thought He was,
a political figure to overthrow the Romans.
Jesus was not that at all.
to overthrow sin.
People wanted a Messiah
to rise up against political oppression,
Jesus rose from the dead,
delivering us from the oppression of sin.
Jesus did not proclaim political overthrow,
but called for personal repentance,
an infinitely greater victory dance.
And therein lies
the most vivid proof of the Resurrection:
the changed lives of His disciples.
They were transformed from cowards
No man willingly dies
for what he knows to be a lie.
But the truth of the Resurrection
changed them completely.
Jesus was who He said He was
And He proved it by doing the impossible,
by defeating death.
And that changed everything.
The greatest proof of the Resurrection
was changed lives.
It still is.
Let the reality of the Resurrection
be manifest in you.
in all you do and say,
not on a holiday in April,
but every day of the year.