Before we move on to Jerusalem, you may want to spend some time reading one account of Peter’s experience at the tomb. (Luke 24:1-12) From our perspective, we may find the slowness to believe on the part of Jesus’ followers exasperating. Perhaps if we try to immerse ourselves in this amazing story, though, we’ll see that Jesus had great patience with His followers. And eventually they did ‘get it.’
The resurrection became to them a solid fact. Their encounters with the risen Savior became the foundation upon which their faith was built. The certainty of Christ’s resurrection became the keystone of His follower’s witness then – as it is today for us.
(A retelling of Luke 24:1-12)
Out of dawn shadows they slip back to the garden
with fragrant spices to wrap His dead body
only to find the dread tomb
alive with dazzling light
and two angels.
Why do you seek the living among the dead?
Startled and fearful they ponder
this strange contradiction
and remember His promises.
Can we be imagining these things?
In spite of scornful disbelief
they share the incredible news ~ and
only Peter runs to the tomb.
Women still offer hope to the sorrowful
carry Good News to the fearful
if only for one to see the tomb empty.
Yet surely…for many.