Over recent weeks, we have been considering what it means to ‘believe in the resurrection’. On the one hand, it is a simple thing to do; believe, recognise, celebrate, and consider that Jesus Christ (our Lord) died for our sins and redeemed us through his death and resurrection. On the other hand, it also means we have to approach life a little differently now. Belief is not just something we hold and keep to ourselves, we need to share it.
The homily at the Easter Vigil spoke of the resurrection from the point of view of Jesus. “Imagine Jesus still in death; lying in the tomb. Then suddenly, abruptly, yanked awake. In the last few hours of life, as a man, his back had been flayed to shreds, his scalp was ripped open by thorns, his wrists and ankles were torn by metal spikes, his side was slashed with a lance, he died slowly over a course of about six hours, of thirst and sheer physical trauma. Finally, and mercifully he had had the respite of death. Yet now, in the tomb, the wounds are opening up again. The horror of the preceding day are filling his eyes and his ears, if only for a brief moment….”
Time did not stop while Christ was lying in the tomb, while his disciples and followers waited, he was at work. When he awoke he was aware of what happened a few days before, but he was also aware of his victory and that he was the Good News. Jesus is not just God, he is fully man like us, he feels, he emotes, and he shares. What did Jesus do immediately following his resurrection? He visited his disciples and shared the news with his friends.
So, to better consider what it means to ‘believe in the resurrection’, we should consider what it felt like to Jesus, then to his disciples who were eagerly, anxiously, and fearfully awaiting for him. We should consider how they recognised him and “were still in disbelief because of their joy and amazement” (Luke 24:41)
Celebrate in the resurrection, believe in the resurrection, and share in the resurrection. If this all happened today we would be texting and tweeting and posting; sharing the risen Lord.