A Double Event

Today's Bible reading: Matthew 28:1-15

Each Easter account begins with the discovery of the empty tomb early on Easter Sunday.  The women hear the announcement “He is risen!” … but the full truth doesn’t sink in until something more has taken place.  This isn’t like other raising’s which have occurred in the past – either in the Old Testament or in the ministry of Jesus Himself.  This isn’t just a matter of another human being coming back to life.  The full truth only comes with Jesus’ appearances to the disciples, which provide the second and vital feature of the Easter accounts.  Only when the living Lord has shown Himself to His followers does Easter joy replace Easter perplexity.

So we can understand why the early preaching about the risen Lord - whether in the sermons of Acts or the letters of Paul and Peter - does not refer to the empty tomb …but to the fact that Jesus showed Himself alive.

Prayer: Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe.  In love You have given Your Son, Jesus Christ, into death for us and raised Him to life again; so raise us from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.