instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Sunday, March 31, 2013

These words seemed to them as idle tales

People understand birthdays. They know what an anniversary of a loved one's death is.

A resurrection is not like that. Most people don't have much experience with resurrection. The first, natural reaction to resurrection is bafflement.

Certainly the first reactions to Jesus' resurrection were bafflement. The women who came to the tomb and did not find His body "were puzzling over this." When they told the Apostles what the angels had said, "their story seemed like nonsense." When Jesus Himself appeared to the Apostles, "they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost."

 And these were the people Jesus had told He'd rise from the dead.

So we really have our work cut out for us when it comes to bringing the good news of Jesus' resurrection to a world that so desperately needs to hear it.

Starting, as always, with ourselves.