John 20:9 "For they did not yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead."
But there was no scripture that the disciples could have used .... Nothing that said "Jesus must rise from the dead"! There is nothing in their religious teaching that they could have fallen back on. All they had was an experience that defied reason.
This is the essence of our Christian belief: that Easter is not reasonable. It is a mystery - something bigger than human reason. This is the time when we affirm that light conquers darkness ... that good overcomes evil ... that life defeats death.
This Easter I choose therefore to celebrate resurrection experiences that lead me to faith. For I too have found new life:
I have found God's call for me to be a Methodist Minister renewed through my involvement this year in the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary.
I have found my commitment to being a Christ-follower in South African renewed as I view life through the vigorous faith of the seminarians.
This Easter has been a moment of a renewed love for my wife Jenny.
As I worshipped with my family and friends in my former congregation in Plumstead, I discovered love and affection that renewed my faith.
And I am grateful.
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