Faithlink Discussion: The Promise of Resurrection
by Jacob Juncker
As we approach Easter, I am reminded of how much we actually forget about the story. The resurrection stories recorded in the Gospels are all unique. They are all different. They all offer unique perspectives tailored to the original communities they were written for.
There is this interesting passage in the Gospel of Matthew’s death and resurrection story that intrigues me. I’ve never heard a sermon on it:
Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those whith him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
Matthew 27:50-54, New Revised Standard Version
I can only imagine the chaos that occured when dead uncle Joe showed up for dinner on a dark afternoon some 2000 years ago in Jerusalem. If people didn’t know what was going at Golgotha, they did then. Once Jesus had breathed his last, the dead were raised testifying to what had just occurred. I wish I had time to reflect in detail on what this means for us, but I don’t…so, I’ll say it concisely and simply: the hope found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ–the promise of newness and life–is too good to keep to ourselves. Share the Gospel and in so doing, may you too, be raised from the dead!