Todays’ readings are Joshua 13-17 and Luke 24:1-12.
So here we are, at the last chapter of Luke’s gospel. So much has been said by Luke, so many things have happened. And what can be said of the one who is centre stage in this gospel? In fact in all the gospels…Jesus.
Here we are presented with the empty tomb and the resurrection of Jesus. Evidence before us of all the fulfilling of the promises that have been made. As we read in 2 Cor. 1:20…”for no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ”. Yet, even the disciples were shocked by all that had happened. They certainly had their doubts…”while they were wondering about this” (v4). and they had to work hard to overcome these doubts. What were they to make of what they were seeing and hearing. Makes you wonder what we would have made of the same events?
However, and the very thing that we must keep at the forefront of our minds by every generation and that is that God’s plans were not derailed by what they saw but in fact fulfilled by what they saw. I love the comment that “the resurrection was not created by the church but the church was created by the resurrection.” So true.
It has been said time and time again that the women were more responsive than the disciples. This should never be forgotten as it validates the resurrection, as the disciples themselves, thought “their words to them seemed like nonsense” (v11).
What is interesting to me is that the disciples would have had some experience of miracles, yet on this occasion they had to be persuaded. Their initial response is typical of our own world today.
Let us be honest the resurrection is often a had doctrine to understand, so we should always show patience and kindness as we hold out the hope of such a resurrection. Remember no change can happen without the spirit working in the lives of others.
Today, ask the spirit to work in the life of someone you are close to and then be courageous as you speak to them.
Blessings from Ian B.