I remember the resurrection scene because of getting to play the angel on resurrection Sunday so many years ago. Being a part of the earthquake, watching the stone roll away, and talking to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. The shock, the wonder, the joy, the celebration of that time, that day, and that event was incredible. Jesus gave up His life, nobody took it. Jesus was resurrected, defeating the power of death. He had trained up and spent so much time with His disciples and by revealing Himself through the resurrection to them, solidified their faith and provided them with the encouragement and direction they would need to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the point where people are still taking about Him, putting their faith in Him, putting their hope and trust in Him, giving their lives for Him, thousands of years later. Have You heard the TRUTH? Have You taken the step to ask Jesus into Your heart? Read on and I pray that Your life will be transformed by the love and power of Jesus Christ who intersected my life and called to me, then help to get rid of the distractions, that I may be able to focus on Him and hear the truth, the truth that I believe and the patterns of life, I try to live, that I may be more like Him every day.
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you."
So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me."
There are a lot of people who desire to keep you from knowing the truth. The devil come to lie, rob, and destroy, and will do everything he can to try to stop us. But Fear Not, Just Believe, for Jesus has already won. Keep your eyes on Him, that He may help you through any storms or trials you may be facing.
Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, "Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure." So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Jesus asked the Father to send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our comforter and our guide. He reveals to us through God’s Word and our circumstances the truth. If we will listen and be obedient to His still quiet voice, we will know what to do and what is right. We need to stop and listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so as much as we talk or ask, we need to stop and listen twice as much. This isn’t only true with our prayers, but also in our lives with others who we spend time with and relate to.
Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
And He said to them, "What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?"
Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, "Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?"
And He said to them, "What things?"
So they said to Him, "The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see."
Then He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent." And He went in to stay with them.
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?" So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.
Jesus knows where to find you. He is knocking at the door to your heart and asking to come in. He desires to meet with you and to fill that void you feel in your heart, the void that was created when the gap between God and man occurred in the garden of Eden. He is knocking at the door, what will you choose to do? Thomas didn’t believe the others, but humbled himself when Jesus showed up again. He realized the truth and wasn’t as interested as getting proof as when the others had spoken to him. He didn’t need to see the holes in His hands or the one in His side. Believe and Live. Fear Not, Just Believe.
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."
And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing."
And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
Praise the LORD!
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches will be in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness;
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The LORD has made them both.
Matthew 28:1-15 ; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:19-29;
Psalm 112:1-4; Proverbs 20:12