Mary and her friends went to Jesus’ tomb and on their way they began to wonder how they would move the large stone from the entrance. When they got closer though, they could see the stone had already been moved. I wonder what they felt in that moment? Probably they thought that someone had been and moved the body, but as they got closer they met an angel who told them Jesus had risen from the dead.
Over the next few days, they and the other disciples met with Jesus and they saw that he was alive. One of the thing that all the first meetings with Jesus after his resurrection have in common is the shock and initial disbelief felt by the person seeing the risen Jesus.
This disbelief and shock though was soon overcome by the reality of Jesus’ presence.
Although it was humanly impossible, for people to come back to life.
Christians believe in a God who can do the impossible.
When was the last time that God shocked you? We believe that God can do the impossible but do we really expect it?
Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous for the phrase I’ll be back but do you remember when he first said it? It was during the film Terminator and a policeman won’t let Arnie in to the police station and so he delivers the famous line and walks out. A few minutes later he comes crashing through the entrance to the building in a car. The first time I watched the film I was left thinking,
I know he said ‘I’ll be back’ but I wasn’t expecting that.
Is there something that you are struggling with and you are wondering if it is really beyond even God to fix? The disciples felt this way until Easter Sunday and then God demonstrated his power as he came back just as he had promised but in a way that they didn’t expect.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3.20)
The disciples couldn’t bring Jesus back to life but it was easy for God.
The thing you are finding hard is within God’s power to resolve. Trust in him.
The week leading up to Easter Sunday is a real roller coaster ride. I have written several blog posts about the events of that week which you can look at here.
I hope that you find this video helpful in reminding you of who God is and of the way that he is at work.