Just as He Said
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:6 (ESV)
I’ve never understood the apostles. Growing up, I heard the story, an amalgam of all of the Gospels, where Jesus tells His disciples rather plainly that He will suffer and die and be raised again on the third day. There are a lot of theological questions (and answers) I have had about the story since then, but that one remained. Why were they so surprised that the tomb was empty when they arrived that their first thought was “Oh, man, somebody stole the body!”?
But every year, some part of the resurrection story usually stands out to me, and this year, it was that one. I understood the disciples doubt this year. As Jesus walks beside us and reassures us, it’s not a problem to believe every word He says. He whispers reassurances in our ear and sure enough, 2 nights doesn’t sound like very long. But the minute we sense that His presence is missing, suddenly we forget what it felt like to have those little consolations and reminders. We, like the disciples, begin to huddle in the dark rooms of our minds, and that is where the enemy meets us with our doubts. Twisting our insecurities and even our own memories of Christ’s words, eventually we’ve forgotten everything that Jesus has told us until we are left frightened and unsure as to whether we misheard Him or think that we’re just stupid to have thought He’d promise the things we heard in the first place.
But His promises are true, and they aren’t based on the enemy’s agendas or our memories. The tomb was empty, just as he said. And it wasn’t because His body was stolen. He appeared to them and showed them their doubts were misplaced. And the same can be said for the things that Jesus has promised you.
My prayer for you is that if you are finding yourself huddled in a dark room, and feel absent of Jesus’s presence, that you will go search for him. Don’t doubt the things that He has promised you. Inevitably you will find that everything is just as He said.