When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him.
Christ the Victor
During Lent, the Sojourners Bible Study group read Adam Hamilton’s 24 Hours that Changed the World. I truly enjoyed meeting every week with my small group to talk about the book, and discuss our reactions to it. Every week, I learned something new, and every week, I had more to think about, to challenge and grow my faith.
The last chapter really helped me to understand the cross on a deeper level. I had never really stopped to think about it from the variety of perspectives the author gave. I found the section under Chapter 7 “Christ the Victor”/”The Third Day” (pages 121 – 124) particularly powerful. I have to agree with the author when he said that he was grateful that the disciples struggled with the Resurrection. Who hasn’t?
I also loved the stories Hamilton shared about people’s experiences with the afterlife. What a life-changing and faith-affirming experience that must be!
I also thought Adam Hamilton used a great example when he said there are a lot of things we don’t fully understand such as space and physics, but we trust the explanations to be true. So if the universe really started out the size of a pinhead, wouldn’t it be possible for God to raise Jesus from the dead? I say, “YES!”
Lastly, it was thought-provoking to think about how the disciples were transformed from the Resurrection experience. These were people who had denied and deserted Jesus as much as they were people who had given up their lives so completely, trusting in their belief that Jesus was the Son of God, the Savior. They must have experienced something so incredibly powerful that they couldn’t turn their backs again on Him, even though they were tested to the limit. What a strong testimony.
Prayer: Lord, may we be transformed by the power and joy of your resurrection, as much as we are transformed and touched by your painful, but necessary, sacrificial death on the cross. Amen.