”“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:6
“He is not here.” These are the great words of Resurrection Sunday!
This story of Jesus is unexpected, through and through. We do not expect God Almighty to become a human and to live among us. He was awesome and winsome in the flesh, teaching us about the Kingdom of Heaven. He loved children and healed people of their diseases. People loved Him, which is why the crucifixion of Jesus is unexpected. How could someone so Good be unjustly killed so horrifically? His burial makes sense, I suppose. It’s a time of mourning because of the pain of separation that death brings, which is why His resurrection is so unexpected!
He is risen! He is not here.
Take a look at where you buried Him. He is not in that place. This would be so unexpected that fear could grip the heart, which is why the messenger prefaced it all with ‘Don’t be alarmed.’
The Gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t make sense to a lot of people. Faith in the unexpected actions of the Almighty is what’s required and it is understandable if people don’t believe. It truly is fantastic.
But for those who do believe, this Gospel has power to save. Jesus’ death for me, when received by faith, removes the guilt of my sin from me. Jesus’ resurrection for me, when received by faith, promises new life in Christ that will never end. This unexpected turn of events brings power and hope to my life.
Thank you, Father, for surprising me with the Gospel. It’s so fantastic and unbelievable that it must be true. More than that, thank You for the real power it brings to my life! I live for You, today.