By Minister Millette Milliken
“He is not here; He has risen!” Luke 24:6 (NIV)
Easter Sunday has traditionally been a day of celebration with packed churches, crisp new outfits, speeches, chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts. These celebrations have now been scaled back due to the pandemic. The disappointment for some is yet another opportunity for those of us who believe, to share the true meaning of the resurrection.
In Luke’s account (Luke 24:1-53), two angels appeared to Mary Magdalene and the other women who had gone to the tomb with their spices. They announced, “He is not here; He has risen!” What joyous news to share with the disciples only to be met with disbelief. How disappointing! Two of the disciples ran to see for themselves. Having viewed the empty tomb, they still did not believe what was told to them before.
Two believers were walking and encountered Jesus but did not recognize Him. Jesus would go on to masterfully share who He was, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27, NIV)
What does He share with us? That He conquered death on our behalf! That our sins are forgiven if we would believe that He suffered, bled, died and eternally lives again, seated at the right hand of the Father.
I encourage you to study this entire passage for yourselves. Don’t allow your disappointments cause you to miss the blessings in front of you as the two believers did. Look up! He’s alive!