April 23, 2014

matthew28-3

Exodus 12:40-51; 1 Corinthians 15:29-41; Matthew 28:1-16

The resurrection was a powerful event. To comprehend what had taken place, the disciples had a lot to process immediately. The stress and confusion must have been epic with an earthquake, an angel coming from the sky bright as a flash of lightening, then meeting Jesus who was supposed to be dead but was alive. They must have sounded like babbling idiots when they told the others what they had witnessed.

When I was a teenager living in Orlando, Florida, I witnessed lightening hit a storm drain lid. The sound was deafening, like an artillery blast. After the rain stopped and the storm had passed, my best friend and I went out and looked at the manhole cover. It had been welded to the rim of the manhole. The only way anyone believed us was because we took a picture of the lid sitting at a slight angle and welded securely to the rim.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. The truth of Jesus Christ is stranger and more powerful than any fiction that the guards at his tomb could have told. We are entrusted with the greatest mystery of salvation. Because Jesus is alive now and forever, we will be too!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for my faith and salvation in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.

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