Sunday 16th April 2017 - Daily Reading:
Matthew 28:1-15 - Don't look for the living among the dead. By Karen Cowling

' There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.'

Another earthquake! We read about the one on Friday as Jesus dies. The awesome weight of sin upon him and the turning away of God's face causes the ground to break apart. Now there is another earthquake, but this time it's the magnificent power of resurrection. Such power contained in such a small space, that it shakes the earth! Then an angel of the Lord moves the stone covering the tomb; and just sits and waits as Jesus, his spirit reunited with his body, walks through the door of the tomb ALIVE! This is not just a nice idea but the foundation of our faith!

When the women who had come with their spices and ointments to finish the burial of Jesus came to the tomb, they wondered how they would open the tomb. Yet this was something they didn't need to worry about as the angel had done it and was sat there waiting for them. The angel is quoted as saying: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: "The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"(Luke 24:5-7)

There must have been such mixed emotions for the last few days. They had watched Jesus die on the cross, then come to anoint his body only to find an empty tomb. They were then told how he was alive again. The angels then instructed the women to go and tell the disciples and Peter that he had risen. The words they shared seemed like nonsense to the disciples and they did not believe them.

The truth of the resurrection can seem like nonsense to some people; this year the BBC did a Palm Sunday survey, and it revealed that 23% of those that call themselves Christians don't believe in Christ's resurrection! So if 23% of those saying they are Christians don't believe, is there any wonder that people who don't identify as Christians don't believe it? This however should not stop us from sharing the gospel! We need to tell people about the resurrection life that we can all have through Jesus! Soon there would be a helper sent who would give us the words to be able to do this.

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