It’s amazing how much one thing changes everything.
It happens in life—a job, a marriage, a baby—and your world is never the same.
It also happens in areas that matter even more.
The apostles were sometimes so spiritually obtuse, or at least it seems that way to us.
They once tried to prevent Jesus from going to Jerusalem to die . . . for their sins, and ours. How couldthey?
Why would they think of calling down fire from heaven on a village of people who wouldn’t listen to them?
How could they leave Jesus alone on the night before he died?
The truth is, they weren’t any different from us—no less spiritual or mature. No more shallow or superficial.
But they could only see a portion of the picture that was yet to be completed.
As Mark finishes describing the Lord’s transfiguration, he gives us a clue:
And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean (Mark 9:9-10).
That’s an interesting phrase, isn’t it?
. . . what this rising from the dead might mean.
They had no idea, not really. Not having the advantage that we have of reading the completed canon, they struggled.
Why does he talk about dying? What’s this about a cross? And a resurrection?
Then they went to an empty tomb on a Sunday morning, and it changed them.
Peter denied Jesus on the eve of the crucifixion but later gave his life for his faith.
His good friend James ran from the soldiers in Gethsemane but a few years later lost his head to an axe when he wouldn’t stop preaching about Jesus.
In fact, all the apostles except John were executed because of Jesus.
The resurrection changed everything about them—their convictions, their lives, their faith.
Has it changed yours?
Do you look more at this world or the next?
Has the temporal superseded the spiritual?
When our faith starts to weaken, we need to go back and visit the empty tomb again.
Skeptics don’t know what to do with it. They’ve set forth various guesses to explain it away, but all of them fail.
The truth is, Jesus came back to life early on the third day. The tomb was empty, and everything changed.
When you believe it, really believe it, you’ll approach each day with a different perspective.
One day—maybe not too long from now—this life will end.
What lies on the other side of the grave?
Jesus told Martha at her brother’s funeral, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
We believe Jesus rose from the grave, so we know he’ll raise us up to eternal life at the last day.
And that makes all the difference.