In John’s gospel we see Jesus constantly referring to himself as the “sent One.” In his appearance to his disciples gathered in a locked room the evening of resurrection day, Jesus said to them, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you (John 20:21).”
This emphasis on being sent is one fact that gave the disciples courage to go out into the world with the gospel. Of course … Read the rest
News it was! If she went running and reported to the disciples the first time that the tomb was empty; this time she went with the news, “I have seen the Lord (John 20:18).”
It tells us the fact that the good news is a natural response and outcome of a personal meeting with the risen Lord. He was dead but is now alive forever more (Rev. 1:18). If you … Read the rest
If you miss the resurrection, you might end up going back to your old ways. Why? Because without experiencing the resurrection you feel like a failure. And that is what made Peter say, “I am going out to fish (John 21:3).”
The very fact that Jesus met Peter after the resurrection and still Peter went out fishing is food for thought. The nagging thought that he had failed his master … Read the rest
“But we had hoped (Luke 24:21).” This is often our statement of faith; isn’t it? When our expectations are not met and God seems to have failed us, we talk of hope in the past tense.
Jesus confronted the lost hope of these two disciples. Jesus extended their thoughts to beyond the cross and the grave. He revealed himself to them as Jesus the risen one. With Jesus, hope is … Read the rest
But some doubted (Matthew 28:17). The eleven disciples worshipped Jesus when they saw the risen Jesus. But some doubted.
Did Jesus reject those who doubted? Does Jesus put away those who doubt? My friend, doubt is not a disqualification. Jesus had the task of establishing the doubters after his resurrection. Even today he will do that for you.
Now what were they doubting? I have no clue. But probably they … Read the rest
The resurrection suddenly created a new family. Look at what Jesus told Mary Magdalene: “Go … to my brothers and tell them.” Well, Jesus had earlier called them friends. But now he calls them brothers.
When did Jesus call them brothers? Was it after they became perfect? No, not at all. They were cowards who deserted Jesus when he needed their presence and support the most. Yet the Risen Jesus … Read the rest
Why did Jesus after his resurrection choose not to go and show himself to those who crucified him? Well that thought is a temptation. Because the devil while tempting him had said, “If you are the Son of God (Matthew 4:3, 6),” then do this. But Jesus turned his attention to “It is written (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10).”
Again while Jesus was on the Cross, people hurled insults at him, … Read the rest
The resurrection is a rolling away. There was a very large stone at the mouth of the tomb. The women who were the first to go to the tomb early in the morning asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb (Mark 16:3)?
They had no clue how it will be done. They had no expectation of the resurrection. Yet they went out. … Read the rest
Have you ever wondered whether Jesus still loves you? I am sure doubts do come to your mind often. Now why does it come? Not because you do not know that he loves you; that you do know most certainly.
But you doubt because you failed God many times; isn’t it? After every failure you decided to be good. And you made an honest effort. But one unexpected burst of … Read the rest
Jesus said, “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of over one sinner repents (Luke 15:10).” Yet the angels who sang at the birth of Jesus did not sing at the resurrection. I just had this thought listening to an Easter concert in Church.
It is true that the angels did not sing like how they did at Christmas. It is so because we are the ones who … Read the rest