The aftermath of Easter (Resurrection Sunday).
When the ladies found the Tomb empty, things got very interesting. If the LORD had truly risen, this would be a joy almost beyond words, not to mention almost beyond belief. The word Paul used, if I could apply it here, was “incredible.” That’s if Jesus had actually come back to life. But one of the significant ladies, Mary Magdalene, actually thought that someone had removed the body! (John 20:13 KJV) “And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.” Even when the apostles saw Jesus in Galilee, there remained a continuing disbelief (Matthew 28:16-17) “Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.”
They all gathered in Jerusalem with Jesus, then came the Ascension, the great day of Penetcost, the persecution of the church and the stoning of Steven. The church was scattered, Paul was later miraculously saved, and the Great Commission cranked up in a way that changed the world forever.
What was the aftermath of the Resurrection? Shock, happiness, confusion, disbelief, confirmation, and ultimately, dedication. They gave their lives to the cause of Christ, even unto death. For us born in these latter days who have come to a position of faith in the Risen Christ, we don’t really experience the same progression of emotions and mental adjustment that they did. We have a genuine thrill at the resurrection, that’s for sure, but we must guard against a resignation in the aftermath that leaves us “at ease in Zion.” There’s work to be done! There is the cause of Christ to be accomplished! It was taught during his years on earth, it was bought at Calvary, and it must be wrought by us following His glorious resurrection!
Let’s stay with it!
Love and Prayers to you all,