Many do not believe. It sounds crazy to those who have not grown up in the Christian tradition. Wouldn't it be even crazier to believe that a lie would survive more than 2000 years?
I cannot even begin to imagine what it was like for the eye witnesses to the miracle. Mary in the Garden. The disciples in the upper room, hiding in fear. The boys in the boats or those walking on the road to Emmaus. Luke 24 gives a beautiful account of a resurrected Jesus making himself known to his followers. It always intrigues me that many do not recognize him at first. How can that be? But when the blinders come off, they are filled with truth, excitement and a new mission. To tell the world that "He is risen. He is risen, indeed." So much to celebrate. Good news cannot be contained. It spreads.
He is not finished, yet! Jesus is about to reveal his next big miracle.
“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”-Luke 24:49
Sending the Holy Spirit to be with us, in us, for us and not against us... such a marvelous promise to follow conquering sin and death.
Let there be no confusion. God loves us. He loved us enough to take on human form and to live with human temptations. He chose our skin. It must have been a terrible fit for the Holy One. God's relentless, seeking love for each one of us has never lost it's wonder. I will never understand it because it doesn't make sense. It was His love reaching out to save us that changed the end of this love story. Reconciliation and really living.
He is risen! He is risen, indeed!
Today, I am grateful "He Is Risen."