Resurection and Appearances

Matthew 28:1-15, Mark 16:1-14, Luke 24:1-44, John 20:1-29, 21:1-24

Matthew 28:2-4 - This reads like some sort of fairy tale. I have to remind myself that it was real, it actually happened. This is not just some nice story. It seems so distant, it's hard to grasp that. I can believe it intellectually, but emotionally it's hard.

Mark 16:6 - "But go, tell His disciples and Peter ..." A distinction that probably stung.

Luke 24:4-8 - The speak of His resurrection from a completely different frame of reference. "He said he was going to rise again, why are you here?" But to the women, and to us, the resurrection was so improbable as to be ridiculous. When told ahead of time, the obvious interpretation of 'rise' was ignored because it was outside of possibility. To these 'men' it was improbable that the women would be there, looking for Him when He said He would rise.

John 20:2 - It was so ridiculous that they still didn't get it.

John 20:8-9 - They believed, but they didn't understand. They believed what, then?

John 20:11-17 - Can you imagine what was going through Mary's mind? She's put her faith in this man, she still calls Him 'Lord', and now He's dead. She goes to do her duty, to anoint His body and pay her respects, and He's gone. After all that's happened, the body's gone and she can't even put an end to it. No closure. Then, thinking she's turning to the gardener, she turns to find out where He is. But it is Him!

In a movie depiction of this story made by DPI, once Mary sees Jesus and is told to go tell the others, she's show running with absolute reckless abandon down the rocky hillside. Her clothes and scarves flowing behind her, she runs like a 5 year old child does - looking like she will fall on her face at any minute. As she runs toward them, she's screaming with Joy "He's Alive! He's Alive! He's Alive!" It's a phenomenally moving portrayal of that scene, one that I carry with me each time I read it or think about it. It captures the joy of that moment, discovering that the one you had worshiped, had put your faith in has raised from the dead.

Matthew 28:11-15 - Can you imagine being so callous hearted that reports of Jesus' resurrection are not enough to get you to believe. You believe the reports enough to fabricate a lie to cover them, but not enough to believe in Him.

Luke 24:36-44 - Over and over Jesus appeared to them, yet each time it says they did not believe. Would I have been any different? No, but from this distance it seems a little silly that they didn't get it.

John 21:18-19 - I wonder if this prophesy haunted Peter? There's no indication, as you look at Acts, that he was intimidated by it. I can't imagine always wondering if this is the day they will come and lead me away.

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John 20:8-9 - They believed, but they didn't understand. They believed what, then?
They believed that He was risen from the dead, but didn't understand how it HAD to be, according to Scripture. Luke says in his gospel, chapter 24:
44He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."

45Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.


Then they understood as well as believed.


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