“With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” – NIV
In our contemporary times, we have certain advantages in regards to spiritual matters. When reading the Word of God, and learning about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, we already know the end game. We have the understanding that the death of Christ is not the end, far from it actually. Our awareness was not always the case, however, and I cannot help but think about those who experienced this event in the dark.
To the disciples, Jesus Christ was dead. He was brutally beaten, crucified and mocked. They physically watched Him suffer and pass away. Can we even imagine what they were thinking? Can we imagine the confusion, terror, grief and fear that consumed their existence? I have the ability to send myself into a full-on panic based on the idea of losing someone I love; can we imagine witnessing the gruesome torture of the One who loves us?
“He is not here, for He is risen, as He said.” – KJV
Oh, how amazing to witness this resurrection first hand! With the disciples feeling as though all was lost, desperate and downtrodden, He appears. There are, literally, no words for me to use in describing the miraculous happening that would do it justice.
I have typed out a variety of paragraphs to end this blog with, but none of them have seemed appropriate. I, mistakenly, kept trying to make the Easter story more interesting or fun to read. The way I see it, why try to illustrate a story that’s fundamental happening is big enough for any reader?
The Son of God, the crucified Lord, is alive again.