8 Then they remembered that he had said this. 9 So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. 11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. 12 However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.
The Resurrection of Jesus was and is a cosmos-altering moment. In Jesus’s rising from the grave, the grip of sin, hell and death upon humanity was/is destroyed for those who choose to embrace the resurrected truth of who Jesus is. Embracing the power of the resurrection is not momentary. It is not just about feeling good on Resurrection Sunday morning. Rather, it is about believing that the power of the Spirit’s life is always at work in the Church, the believer and the spaces we as believers occupy. Jesus is not only alive, but Jesus is the Life-Giver.
Can we still believe that GOD is a GOD of transformational resurrection even with all of this devastation around us? Well, if GOD can do the work of transforming death into life in a graveyard, I believe that GOD can still do that work in us as live through our own graveyard experiences. Here are some lessons we learn from the personalities in the text to aid us in moving toward resurrection even while wrestling the reality of the tomb:
We must abide in the words of Jesus.
We cannot be afraid to be heralds of what Jesus has done; despite the angst and negativity naysayers. Newsflash, sometimes the negativity is closer to us than we think. Maybe it can be us.
We must believe that even in unbelief and fear, the confirmation of who Jesus is will be a source of convicting truth for those who desire to see Jesus as Lord; not everyone will get it.
Movement makers have questions, fears, worries and confusion but they do not stop seeking the truth of Jesus is!
These two followers of Jesus were walking away from Jerusalem with their doubts, sense of confusion and overall disbelief of the initial Gospel message of Jesus’s resurrection. In short, they were walking away from Christ.