(1-12) The Resurrection
Jesus repeatedly told the people who were most often with Him that He would be crucified, buried, and resurrected on the third day. How quickly they did forget! How great was their unbelief! When everything happened just as He said it would, the women were “perplexed” to not find Christ’s body in the tomb. The disciples thought their discovery “an idle tale.” Peter went home “marveling” that the living could not be found among the dead. And so it is the same with us. We must often remind ourselves of the words of Christ through interaction with other believers, prayer, and Scripture reading. We are repeatedly told in the Bible that Jesus is coming again. When He comes, will we be perplexed to find ourselves suddenly caught up with Him in the air? Will the rising of the dead in Christ seem to us an idle tale? Will we marvel at the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ as if we never believed it would take place?
(13-35) On the Road to Emmaus
Cleopas, his companion, and other Jews were disappointed and saddened by the death of Jesus because they were expecting Him to redeem Israel. They failed to realize that through His death and resurrection, redeeming Israel is exactly what He did. And more than that, He redeemed the entire world.
Favorite verse: (5) And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?