The Christ of the Empty Tomb by James Boice
"I have been struck again with two things.
First, the resurrection was totally unexpected by those who first saw the Lord. He had told them about it, of course. He had prophesied: "The Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles, who will mock Him and spit on Him, flog Him and kill Him. Three days later He will rise" (Mark 10:33-34). This and other prophecies are so explicit that we can hardly understand how the disciples failed to grasp Christ's teaching and expect the resurrection especially since Christ's enemies seem to have understood His claim although they disbelieved it.
But so it was! Cleopas and Mary, the Emmaus disciples, heard reports of the resurrection but had so little interest in them that they simply went on packing for their trip home following the Sabbath. Mary Magdalene could think only of Christ's body. Thomas, the most outspoken, said "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails where, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it: (John 20:25). They were not gullible men and women, as some have pictured them to be. There were hard-nosed skeptics. They were as resistant to miracles as our contemporaries.
Second, I have been impressed with how utterly convinced the disciples became once they had seen the glorified Jesus. And it was not just a matter of one or two having claimed to have seen Him. All the disciples, all the women - indeed even five hundred people at one time - saw Jesus, and this was so overwhelming to them that not once after that did any one of them ever question the miracle. Many times they sinned. They had fallings out among themselves. They erred in other tings. But never once did any doubt that Jesus really was raised from the dead and that His resurrection proved all that needs to be proved for Christianity. If proved:
That there is a God and that the God of the Bible is the true God;
That Jesus is God's unique Son and that He is fully divine;
That all who believe in Jesus Christ are justified from all sin;
That the believer in Christ can have supernatural victory over sin in this life; and
That we too shall rise again.
It is for these reasons that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is good news. In fact, it is the best news the world has ever heard. It is news that needs to be proclaimed vigorously and joyously to our own sinful and dying generation."
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