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Luke 23:55-56, 24:1-12
April 10, 2023

Pray that this Easter they may move from asking questions to finding answers.

And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” (Luke 9:22)

Our Lord has risen! Let us take some time to meditate on today’s passage. Having followed Joseph of Arimathea and watched him lay Jesus’ body in the tomb on Friday evening, the women returned on that momentous Sunday morning armed with spices and perfumes ready to prepare Jesus’ body. Finding the tomb empty, they wondered what might have happened to their Lord. All of a sudden two men, the likes of whom they have never seen before, appeared. The women’s immediate reaction was to bow down in fear, but the angels reminded them that Jesus had foretold His rising again (see Luke 9:22 and 18:32, 33).

Today, many wonder what Easter is all about. Pray that this Easter they may move from asking questions to finding answers. Also, take time to allow the Holy Spirit to deepen your sense of awe in the face of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.

Now, from wondering, the women became witnesses. In fact one could say that the women were the first apostles- they were the earliest witnesses to the risen Christ! At first, the other disciples didn’t believe their testimony. The culture in the ancient days considered women as unreliable witnesses, which was a likely reason why the men didn’t believe them at first. In the world we live today, prejudice of various kinds militates against accepting the evidence for the resurrection. As you witness about the resurrection power of Jesus in your life, do not allow prejudice to deter or discourage you. Instead stay determined. And pray that the authenticity of your testimony may move your hearers to overcome their prejudice and like Peter, take the initiative to explore the facts. God bless you!

By Ps Simon Say