Please read Luke 24:13-43, Mark 16:12-13, John 20:19-23, Mark 16:14, John 20:24-31, John 21, Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-18, and Luke 24:44-49. Jesus has risen, but people are just now trying to process what has happened and what might happen next – this is an exciting day! What’s your highlight? Come on back after you’ve read and let’s chat!
“They said, ‘The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene. He was a man of God, a prophet, dynamic in work and word, blessed by both God and all the people. Then our high priests and leaders betrayed him, got him sentenced to death, and crucified him. And we had our hopes up that he was the One, the One about to deliver Israel. And it is now the third day since it happened. But now some of our women have completely confused us. Early this morning they were at the tomb and couldn’t find his body. They came back with the story that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. Some of our friends went off to the tomb to check and found it empty just as the women said, but they didn’t see Jesus.’ ” Luke 24:19-24 MSG
“We had our hopes up, that He was the One” – just a few days ago, the crowd was clamoring for His death. What an emotional roller coaster the descales have been on – and it’s not over yet:
“While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. He continued with them, ‘Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. Look at My hands; look at My feet—it’s really Me. Touch Me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.’ As He said this, He showed them His hands and feet. They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It was too much; it seemed too good to be true.” Luke 24:36-41 MSG
I love that the first words Jesus speaks to them are “peace”. Peace is one of the first words He speaks to us still today. You think you’ve gone too far? Peace be with you, God wants to bring you home. You think you’ve made too many mistakes? Peace be with you, God wants to bring restoration. You think you’ll never be well? Peace be with you, God wants to bring healing. No need to be afraid – Jesus is risen and brings us peace!