“He is risen! He is risen indeed.” While we often consider these words specially this time of year, these are the words we celebrate each and every Lord’s Day when we gather together. As Christ rose on the first day of the week, so we too gather on the first day each week to worship Him.
In Luke’s account of this day in which Christ was raised from the dead, we see a special emphasis on the teaching of Jesus concerning His death and resurrection. As the women go to the tomb out of love, respect and compassion for Jesus, they still need to be reminded of this teaching. They discover the tomb is empty, and the passage tells us they were “perplexed.” (Luke 24:4) The men who appear to them, the angels, call to their minds the things that Jesus Himself had said regarding His crucifixion and His resurrection. This was a testimony to the Word of Jesus Himself and to His faithfulness to that Word. And as they now believe upon this Word, they take this message to the disciples.
It is likely that we would expect the disciples to be the first at the empty tomb and the first to believe. But they still struggle to understand and to trust. They are resistant to the message they hear. Peter, however, the disciple who had denied Christ three times, runs to the tomb and is in amazement when he sees himself that Christ is no longer there. The passage tells us that “he went home marveling at what had happened.” (Luke 24:12)
There is much to consider in passage such as this one. The resurrection brings great hope–because Jesus is alive, all of His people have hope of life eternal and the hope of the resurrection of their own bodies unto glory. The resurrection gives us a hope that is truly unshakable.
But we also see the importance of trusting in the Word of Christ. Are you trusting His Word? Do you trust what Jesus has claimed about Himself in the pages of Holy Scripture? We will consider this in more detail this Lord’s Day evening during worship at 5 The Commons at St. Andrews Church in Little Rock. For directions, click here, or contact us for more information. You can also join us on FacebookLive@RiverCityARP or on YouTube.