Resurrection Day! We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus not only on Easter, but on every Sunday. Oh, perhaps the meaning is lost as we go about our daily lives, but the celebration of the Resurrection is why we worship on Sundays. We celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus and, perhaps, wonder a bit why the disciples and the women accompanying Jesus didn’t realize what would happen. The angels at the tomb proclaimed the truth to some very frightened women. “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” (Luke 24:6-7)
They went to tell the disciples who brushed off their report as the rantings of women, who were never to be believed. Oh, Peter checked out the tomb and found it empty, but he didn’t catch the significance and left scratching his head. We look back from this side of history and can’t understand why the disciples and the women didn’t know Jesus would be raised from the dead. Why if we lived back then, we would have known right away. We would have woken up that first day of the week and wondered where Jesus was going to show up. We’d tell the women that there was no need to go to the tomb because it was going to be empty anyway.
We tend to be the hero in every story we imagine. In truth, though, if we lived back then, we would most likely be the sinners who crucified Jesus. And as much as we might recoil from that description, it is that very nature that brought Jesus down to earth to begin with. We are sinners in need of forgiveness. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin through His death, and proved His nature as God by coming back from the dead. It is in the resurrection of Jesus that we see our sins forgiven, our old nature dying, and our rebirth to a new life in Jesus.
Lord God, how often do I forget that I am but a sinner in need of Your grace and forgiveness. Help me to walk in the newness of life that You give and show others Your love.