On: September 3, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. Luke 24: 9-12
“They did not believe, because their words seemed like nonsense.” Of course the idea that Jesus had risen seemed like nonsense. The dead stay dead; don’t they? It is one of the facts of life, the ultimate statistic; 100% of us die. Rules are rules.
Peter, though, couldn’t be doing with the rules. He had seen enough of Jesus to know that rules had their limitations. As he legged it to the tomb, to see for himself what was going on, he must have had flash backs of himself walking on water. That wasn’t possible. He might have recalled seeing Jesus raising Lazarus from death. That wasn’t possible, either. And then he had seen Jesus doing a host of other things that simply shouldn’t have happened: thousands fed with a few slices of bread, the deaf able to hear, the blind given their sight, leprosy healed, demons driven out, storms calmed, mountain top conversations with long dead bible heroes. All of them impossible under the usual regime – suggesting that the Creator was intervening to adjust His own rules.
One of those rules was that sin resulted in separation, ending in death. God didn’t change that rule but, through Jesus’s death on the cross, a new option was introduced. Grace. An underserved reconnection with the Father, courtesy of the Son, enabling a new life to be lived, powered by the Holy Spirit.
Begs the question: does this all seem like nonsense, or do I believe it and, if so, am I living life differently in the light of it?
Father God, help me to understand that it is Your action that sets me free. You instructed the angels to roll the stone away. I invite the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to the new framework of life, and the freedom made possible by Jesus’s resurrection. Amen