Posted by: morgan1965 | April 3, 2010

The Easter Story is Not an Idle Tale

We live in a time and culture where truth telling is not always the prevailing principle, or way of life. It is often difficult to determine what is true or false.

As a child, I was taught to tell the truth. Do not tell an untruth. In other words, it was a cardinal sin to tell a lie. How things have changed. Over the course of time, too many folk find it easy not to tell the truth. Even when the truth is told, there are people who will not believe it, no matter how much evidence is presented to support the truth. The disciples of Jesus took this posture.

On the third day after the crucifixion of Jesus, the women went to the tomb of Jesus. To their surprise, they discovered that Jesus was not there. Two men in dazzling clothes reminded them “that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” When the remaining disciples heard their story, they did not believe them. “But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them” [Like 24:11].

Peter, of course, got up and ran to the tomb. He wanted to see for himself. What he saw was “the linen cloths by themselves.” His reaction was to go home, “amazed at what had happened.” Perhaps he was not sure what he should believe. Were the facts of the empty tomb something that he and others could believe? Maybe, just maybe, it was an idle tale.

How about you? Are you amazed at what happened on the third day, Easter? Do you believe that the women found an empty tomb and Jesus had been raised from death to life? We, like the disciples, are confronted by an empty tomb. We have to decide what we are going to do with this truth.

The women believed what they saw (an empty tomb), and they believed the witness of the two men (God’s representatives). They believed in a Risen Lord and they began to live out this truth.

On one occasion, Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” [John 8:31-32].

In part, the Lenten journey is a search for truth. Easter answers our questions, and we are told not to search for the living among the dead. Christ lives today in our hearts. The Jesus of the empty tomb is our Risen Lord and Savior. He is our Resurrection Power! And that is the truth.

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