In Luke 24, we read how two messengers of God speak to the women of faith who are attempting in some love-filled desperate way to show love and respect to the Christ by tending to His body, the one they saw dead on the cross.
The two messengers ask and explain,
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He is risen!”
In a wicked time between Friday morning and Sunday morning, we can almost see the grotesque sight of the father of lies dancing in celebration of the victory of Death, his beloved companion, over the Son of God. He savored the taste of victory.
But, in the words of the old spiritual, “Were you there when He rose up from the grave?”
Satan now gagged on the bitter taste of defeat.
In his work, Meditations on the Cross, German pastor/theologian Dietrick Bonhoeffer wrote, "The resurrection of Jesus is God’s yes to Christ . . . If the cross were the last word on Jesus, the world would be lost in death and damnation without hope, and the world would have been victorious over God."
Next the Creed turns to Christ’s ascension, His return to His Father, the great reunion. Before the reunion, Jesus spent 40 days encouraging, comforting and teaching His followers, the closest apostles and the more numerous disciples.
Jesus appeared to and taught:
4. James, His brother.
Jesus taught them to:
Knowing His Son accomplished death’s defeat and the disciples’ commissioning, the Father welcomed His Son home.
Jesus ascended in heaven and I am sure heard His Father say, “Well done, my Son!” He sits in His rightful place, sinless and free, the Creator once again looking upon His creation rather than walking in it.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrick. Meditations on the Cross. Trans. Douglas W. Stott. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.
Studdert Kennedy, G.A. I Believe (Sermons on the Apostles’ Creed). Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1928.
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