I don’t believe we can properly understand the significance of the resurrection of Jesus without finding it at least a little bit disturbing.
Every single account in the New Testament of someone seeing and recognizing the risen Jesus describes the shock, and in some cases sheer terror of the witnesses. The writers of these accounts wanted their readers to know that Jesus’ rising from the dead was completely unexpected to those who first bore witness to it, and that it was something that they had truly witnessed. It wasn’t just a spiritual feeling they had that somehow Jesus’ essence went on after his death. And it wasn’t just some kind of myth that they told themselves to symbolize the legacy of his life and teaching. Jesus truly rose from the dead, which completely shocked his earliest followers and completely changed their lives.
One of the ways in which his rising from the dead changed their lives was that they went from being a cluster of terrified and deeply traumatized former disciples (remember most of them had decided to abandon Jesus) to becoming a fearless band of witnesses, dedicated to sharing with the entire known world the news of Jesus’ resurrection, and everything that it means – and it means a lot.
Exactly what it all means was something Jesus had to take some time to teach his first disciples after he rose from the dead. According to the New Testament the risen Jesus appeared several times to his followers over the next 40 days, walking them through the Hebrew scriptures and showing them how everything in the story of God and his people ultimately points to Jesus and his death and resurrection. He wanted them to see that his death and resurrection was the turning point in God’s plan to redeem the whole world. In showing them all of this, Jesus truly made his followers into witnesses, not just of an unsettling one-time freak event, but of the outworking of God’s plan to save the world and the beginning of God’s renewal of the whole of creation.
And we can be witnesses too. We may not see the risen Jesus until he comes again when God’s kingdom is fulfilled, but we can know the power of his death and resurrection and bear witness to God’s redeeming purposes for our lives and for the life of the whole world.
I hope you can join us this Sunday as we continue to celebrate the power of Jesus’ rising from the dead and explore even further how we can also be witnesses of the risen Jesus.
Rev. David Turner +
Town Wide Yard Sale
Saturday June 2nd, 2018 8am-1pm
We are asking for your help looking for items to sell! We would like books, food and plants and all the other treasures you’re ready to part with.
Please no clothing, tv’s, computer monitors or Baby furniture.
Thank you for your Support!
Check with Alice Kennedy (832-2627) for pick up and storage.