When Jesus needed them most, His discples fled . . . except for faithful John. After His death, the women who’d remained with Him at the cross, succumbed to grief. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, leaders who followed Jesus secretly out of fear for their status in the community, came out of hiding to give Jesus a respectable burial.
Jesus’ death drained his followers. An era had ended. The One whose teachings had enriched their lives was dead. The same people who’d left all to follow Him returned to their day jobs. Private believers crept back into denial.
Then . . . the unexpected . . . new life surged through Jesus’ dead body . . . He left the tomb. Afterwards, He imparted this new life to the people who had disowned Him, to the ones who’d lost hope, grumbled, complained, struggled, argued and sinned – imperfect people like us.
The resurrection scene, and the people affected by it 2,000 years ago, remind us today that there’s hope for imperfect people – hope for worn-out, frightened, falling-down faith travellers.
Christ’s resurrection power gives us strength to be faithful to Him for the rest of our earth journey . . . a great gift. But there’s more – one day His power will surge through the dead bodies of all His followers and we will live again. I sense a celebration!
And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11)
Stay in the race. The best is yet to come.