Jesus Rose Like a G…OD
It’s that time of year again. We reflect on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, dying on Calvary’s cross, laying in Joseph’s tomb for three days, and getting up on that third day, with all power in his hands. Firstly, we shouldn’t limit our appreciation for Christ’s resurrection to just Resurrection Sunday (aka Easter); Christ deserves adoration for his life, death and resurrection everyday…the man defeated Satan, Hell, death and the grave all in one fell swoop. That’s what you call a BOSS! Jesus didn’t need guns, drugs, liquor, sex, money, bling bling, curse words, or an entourage to prove to the world that HE was God, that God the Father sent HIM to reconcile this sinful world back to him, that HE was the Savior that this lost world needed, that HE is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes unto the Father, but by HIM (John 14:6). God the Father sent Jesus, his beloved son, into this world to bring this world back to him…but that’s not where the story ends. Jesus Christ is coming back for his church (the most beautiful bride that will ever exist), he will destroy all of the evil of this world, and, as God makes clear to us in Philippians 2:10-11, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
I don’t know know about anyone else, but I’ve always been a very curious person. I often wonder how we today would react to Jesus’s resurrection, had it happened in modern times? Welp, me being the imaginative iguana that I am, it might sound something like this (I will incorporate modern technology and ways of living into the story, as we’re picturing Jesus’s resurrection happening today):
Storytime: Jesus Did WHAT?!?!
Shelley (calling her best friend, Sandra, at 5:00 a.m.): Sandra?! Sandra?! Wake up! GIRRLLLL, you won’t believe what I just heard!
Sandra (wiping the crust out of her eyes and wondering why Shelley is calling her this early in the morning; she’s so trifling): Hey, girl. What’s up?
Shelley: Tamika just called me and told me that Jesus isn’t in the tomb anymore! She was coming back from getting her hair done, and she ran into Mary Magdalene, James’s mom, Mary, Joanna and Salome. They told her that they went to anoint Jesus’s body, but when they got to the tomb, an earthquake came out of nowhere and–
Sandra: Hold up! There was an earthquake? Did Tamika’s hair get messed up? Watching her lose her mind over her bangs being blown to the back of her neck is the funniest thing ever! I’m sorry. I need to stop. Haha.
Shelley: You aren’t right for that! So wrong…just so wrong. Haha. Forreal, though, she told me that they told her that when they went to anoint Jesus’s body, there was a huge earthquake, and an angel from Heaven, dressed in white, appeared. The angel rolled the stone away from in front of the tomb, told Mary and them that Jesus’s body was gone, and said, and I quote:
“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
Sandra: An angel appeared? Are you sure? You know that Joanna starts acting crazy when she hasn’t taken her medication. She tried to argue with me about talking to hey boyfriend in her dreams. Girl! I can’t help that I appeared in your dreams! I don’t want your boyfriend!
Shelley: I promise you that she was calm and in her right mind this time. They said that the angel appeared, rolled the stone away, told them that Jesus was not in the tomb, and that they could check for themselves.
Sandra: Ok. Go on.
Shelley: They went looking for Jesus, and he wasn’t there. The angel told them to go tell the twelve apostles what had happened, and before they got to the apostles, Jesus himself appeared before them, they fell down and worshipped him, and Jesus told them, and I quote:
“Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see me.”
Sandra: Woah! Woah! Woah! They saw Jesus? Jesus talked to them? The same Jesus who was just killed on the cross-which he didn’t deserve and makes me so mad that I could-focus, Sandra. I’m sorry. Jesus talked to them? Jesus was just killed. How could he have talked to them?
Shelley: He said that if we’ve seen him, we’ve seen the Father-I believe that Jesus is God in bodily form. My guess is divine intervention. Anywho, Tamika told me that Mary Magdalene and them told her that they went and told the apostles what had happened, Peter and one other apostle went to the tomb and saw that Jesus’s body was gone (only the linen cloths that his body had been wrapped in remained), the guards told the chief priests what had happened, and the priests tried to bribe them with money to say that the apostles stole Jesus’s body during the night.
Sandra: I can’t stand those crooked-
Shelley: Errr! Back it up! Don’t do it! What would Jesus do?
Sandra: You know what? Haha. I’m sorry. I’ll behave.
Shelley: Yes, girl! They’re trying to bribe the soldiers into saying that the apostles stole Jesus’s body, but Tamika told me that they told her that they saw Jesus again near the tomb, that Jesus appeared before the apostles while they were praying in someone’s house, that Jesus walked with two of the apostles on the road to Emmaus-but they did not immediately recognize him-and that Jesus visited the apostles while they were fishing at the Sea of Galilee.
Sandra: Two words: MIND BLOWN. I don’t know what to say, girl. I’ll admit, all of this is a bit hard to believe, but you’ve always been my Day One, my ride or die, and have always kept it real with me. I’ll take your word for it.
Shelley: While I appreciate your kind words, girl, I don’t want you to believe this just because I said it; I want you to truly believe in your heart that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, with all power in his hands. We must do a few things. Firstly, we must repent of our sins, which means that we must ask the Lord to forgive us for all of the things that we have said, done, not done, or thought that he did not like, as well as ask him to clean us up, from the inside out, so that we will not want to do bad things anymore. Secondly, we must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God in the flesh, our Lord and Savior, who died on Calvary, but rose from the dead three days later, with all power in his hands. Thirdly, we must decide that we are going to put God first and follow Jesus the rest of our lives-we must want to live like Jesus in every way. When we do these things, we will go to Heaven and be with Jesus-happy, smiling, singing, full of joy and laughter, forever, and ever, and ever-once we die. GIRLLLLLLLL! I want to be with Jesus when I die. Real talk.
Sandra: Yes, girl! With all of that to look forward to, I want to be with Jesus too! Let’s get it! Party over here!
Shelley: THANK YOU! I’m feeling good right now! How about we go to breakfast? I’ll call Tamika and invite her as well.
Sandra: Sounds good to me, girl! I’ll call you when I’m dressed.
Shelley: Perfect! I’ll see you in a few!
Sandra: See you in a few! Bye, bye!