Read: Luke 24:1-12 & Matthew 28:1-7 & Mark 16:1-8 & John 20:1-9
Several days after Jesus is crucified and buried, Mary Magdalene and Mary go to Jesus’ tomb and find His body is not there. An angel greets them and says, "He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." The women go back to the apostles to tell what they heard and saw, but the apostles "did not believe the women because their words seemed to them like nonsense" (Luke 24: 6, 11).
In most circumstances, a missing body and an angel claiming a resurrection from the dead would sound like nonsense. But these weren't normal circumstances. Jesus had prepared the apostles for this moment on several occasions. Jesus foreshadowed His death and resurrection when He said, "destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days” (John 2:19). In Matthew 6:21, the Bible says, "Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life." The news of Jesus' resurrection should have not surprised Christ’s followers, but it did.
Scorned by a world of people who fail to come through for us, we also often doubt God’s promises. But Jesus' resurrection proves yet again that God keeps His promises. Jesus promised He would suffer the crucifixion, but that death would not hold Him down. He promised He wouldn't abandon us, and followed through when He rose from the grave.
God’s word is not nonsense. We can trust God to do what He says, always.
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