Easter Won­ders

The third day

Activated - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan John­ston All four Gospels tell the story of Je­sus’ res­ur­rec­tion from the dead. This ar­ti­cle is an adap­ta­tion of their ac­counts.

It was empty, they had said. The door­way was open, and the tomb was empty. There had been more, but that had been enough for the two now rush­ing through the sleep­ing town.

Off they went, rac­ing down the long, dark road as fast as their feet could take them. The first rays of the sun were just be­gin­ning to light the sky.

They had buried Him only three days be­fore. What more could they want with His body? Hadn’t they beaten Him enough while He was alive?

Peter could still re­mem­ber how the sol­diers had struck Him with their whips again and again, long be­yond the point of hu­man en­durance. And He had let them.

Je­sus could have stopped it. Why did He let them go on? He said that He could have called le­gions of an­gels to pro­tect Him. Why didn’t He?

A thought struck Peter. It was some­thing from the prophet Isa­iah: “He was hurt for our wrong-do­ing. He was crushed for our sins. He was pun­ished so we would have peace. He was beaten so we would be healed.”

1 He did it for us. The open­ing of the tomb loomed in front. John was al­ready there, star­ing into the tomb.

Peter slowed down as he ap­proached. The sun was now peek­ing over the small rise be­hind them. The day had be­gun.

He went in, and John fol­lowed close be­hind. The tomb was empty. The linen cloths that had been used to cover the body were ly­ing on the ground, and the cloth used to wrap the Lord’s head was neatly folded a lit­tle dis­tance away. The body was gone. Taken. “Who, what...?” John was at a loss for words. Fi­nally it came out. “Where did they take Him?”

There was no an­swer, only si­lence. The at­mos­phere was elec­tric. There was some­thing they were miss­ing. Some­thing im­por­tant.

They stood there for a few min­utes, wait­ing. Then the re­al­iza­tion dawned on them as bril­liantly as the sun­rise that morn­ing. Je­sus had talked about this. They hadn’t un­der­stood it at the time, but now it made per­fect sense.

“The Son of Man shall be de­liv­ered up to evil men, and on the third day He shall rise again.”

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He is not here, for He has risen. —Matthew 28:6 I am the res­ur­rec­tion and the life. He who be­lieves in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And who­ever lives and be­lieves in Me shall never die. —Je­sus, John 11:25–26

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