As I think about Jesus’ resurrection I’m reminded just how grateful I am to understand why Jesus did what He did. I also think about the apostles and the fear and confusion they must have been feeling.
Their mentor, teacher, brother and leader has died and risen from the dead. I wonder just how much they really understood of all that had transpired. As they gathered together in the upper room they must be asking one another…now what? Is that the conversation the two followers walking to Emmaus were having? (Luke 24:13, 28, 35) They were just really beginning to get it and then Jesus was gone.
Later on in the Easter season we will be reminded of Thomas’ doubt. Can you really blame him? This was a whole new thing to them and they didn’t know what to think. (John 20:25) They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”
Fast forward to us. I am amazed that there are still so many who don’t believe in God. I know the many reasons why, just like all of us do. The lesson I eventually learned, however, is to believe in complete faith and trust in God. I believed in God before, but it took me a long time to accept that God would always be with me, no matter what. Once I reached that pinnacle, I can honestly proclaim…”Thy will be done.” Whatever is asked of me I will follow God’s commands. This is the beauty of the Easter season. This is the beauty of God’s love and mercy.