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“It’s Just Hard To Believe What Just Happened!”

February 29, 2016

Grace to you! “It’s just hard to believe what just happened!” We hear this kind of statement from others when something totally unexpected happened. Sometimes things like a major tragedy such as when the Challenger exploded 30 years ago or when we experienced 9/11 as a nation. However, it can also be used to express great excitement at a surprising but good turn of events like when a captured soldier escapes and shows up at base unannounced. The whole unit would be overjoyed but express a sense of disbelief at the good turn of events! “How in the world did you get here? We thought you would be dead by now!” Biblically speaking, there are times when God does something so amazing it leaves the people in a state of shock.

For around three years, the disciples listened to Jesus’ teaching, saw His miracles, and His interactions with all types of people. One of the main points Jesus taught His disciples was in Matthew 16:21 says, “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (See also Matthew 20:17-19)

Yet when Jesus was crucified and buried, we don’t find the disciples expectantly waiting for the third day. We find them fleeing Jesus in His hour of greatest need and hiding away from the authorities. Further, when the women break into the room to tell them that they have seen the risen Lord, Luke says the disciples replied with disbelief: “They did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.” (Luke 24:11) The word ‘nonsense’ in the Greek was a medical term to talk about someone who was ‘crazy.’ However, a short time later Jesus appears to all of the disciples. “They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement…” (Luke 24:37-41)

How would you have responded? To see a man beaten nearly to death, crucified, His heart physically punctured by a spear, and then His lifeless body dropped to the ground and put in a nearby tomb? And wonder of wonders He appears three days later in perfect shape! The message of Christ crucified and risen is so amazing it’s hard to fathom the wonder of it all! It’s so good of news in a world full of absolute brokenness and misery, we wonder if it’s too good to be true. But just as the disciples, once the shock of the moment settled in, the truth of the resurrection changed their lives! And it can yours too if you will look to the Risen Christ! And this is a good news worth telling others about!

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