Easter morning: The stone is rolled away from the mouth of the tomb. The women find the tomb empty on Sunday morning. Angels say, “He is not here, He has risen!” The Pharisees attempted to silence the news of this incredible event. Jesus appears to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. If you read the gospels, you’ll find they all carry the marks of credible accounts by genuine eyewitnesses. There is no attempt to “polish” the stories. The gospels tell it as it was. HE IS RISEN!
My favourite phrase in the resurrection account is this: “And he …believed”! (John 20:8). It tells the personal moment of faith of John. He was the first to believe Jesus had risen without seeing Him alive yet. The rest of the disciples all wanted hard facts. Even when Mary Magdalene told them she had seen Jesus, they refused to accept it (Mark 16:11). They all had to see Jesus physically first before believing. John was the exception.
So, what did John “see” that made him believe? He saw the empty tomb, and the linen cloths lying wrapped up, but these were still not what convinced him. I’m convinced he believed because he remembered what Jesus had said: He would rise again on the third day. Sure, the others had heard it too, but they never believed it (John 20:9) until they saw. John believed, then he saw. That’s the key. Believing before you “see”.
Jesus is alive now. Do you believe that? Look around you. Feel the worship! Sense the excitement of lives changed. And you will know Easter is true! Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Today, if you believe, He will transform you. If you receive Him, you will pass from an old life to a new one. Easter has power. It has the power to change because HE IS RISEN!
Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师