Luke 24:1-12Common English Bible (CEB)
The empty tomb
24 Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 They didn’t know what to make of this. Suddenly, two men were standing beside them in gleaming bright clothing. 5 The women were frightened and bowed their faces toward the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He isn’t here, but has been raised. Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee,7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words. 9 When they returned from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven and all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 11 Their words struck the apostles as nonsense, and they didn’t believe the women. 12 But Peter ran to the tomb. When he bent over to look inside, he saw only the linen cloth. Then he returned home, wondering what had happened.
When my older brothers tried to convince me that I was adopted, I didn’t believe them. I knew I wasn’t; I had seen my birth certificate. When they tried to convince me one day that my mom had died while driving home from work one afternoon, well… We hear so much that isn’t true in life, that when we hear something fantastic, we find it hard to believe.
Resurrection. The women can’t quite figure out what is going on here at the tomb, but the angel reminds them of Jesus own words, “…and on the third day rise again.” They run and tell it to the others, but they don’t buy it. All of it reminds me of an old song I grew up with:
“But I couldn’t believe it
I just had to find out for myself
And I couldn’t conceive it
‘Cause I never would have listened to nobody else
And I couldn’t believe it
I just had to find out for myself
There’s some things in this world
You just can’t explain”
The Legend of Wooly Swamp – Charlie Daniels Band
How much of your faith is like that? You just have to see and experience it for yourself. I’m not saying we should believe everything we hear, but when others share the stories of what God has done in their lives, it can build up our own faith. Peter didn’t believe the women, and still didn’t understand when he went to see for himself. Maybe I doubt the story of another because they are from a much different denomination from mine or no denomination at all.
If faith came only from my personal experience, I wouldn’t see or know very much. I have to trust in the stories of faith of others. If I’m honest though, I do have to experience and learn some things for myself.
Can you let the faith story of others build up your faith, or do you need to see and experience it all for yourself? Don’t miss the Resurrection just because you weren’t there. God brings new life all the time. It’s what God does. Some times it happens to you, some times it happens to someone else who tells you.
Prayer: Lord, I want to see you and experience you, reveal yourself to me today. Open my eyes to see that you will reveal yourself through others to me today. Help me as well reveal your love and grace to others around me. Amen.