27 Apr 2020 - Luke 24:1-12
Good morning. Today’s devotion is taken from Luke 24: 1-12
Jesus was just crucified 3 days ago and his followers assumed he remains dead. This passage is about the discovery of the empty tomb by women followers of Jesus Christ. When the women went to the tomb, they were surprised the body was Jesus was not there. Two angels reminded the women that when Jesus was alive, he told them that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and will rise on the third day (V.7). The women then went to the disciples to tell them what has just happened but the disciples did not believe them.
God chose unlikely witnesses
The fact that women were the first ones to discover the empty tomb and therefore were the first witness is a not an incidental detail. First, this is significant because women’s testimony in those days was not generally accepted and therefore it serves as an apologetic argument to the truth of the resurrection.
Second, it tells us that God can use and will use people who are generally not chosen by people. I would have chosen Peter or John to be the first to discover the empty tomb because their testimony will not be questioned. God used Moses who could not speak well to deliver the Ten commandments and to part the Red Sea. He chose David who was just a shepherd boy (1 Samuel 16:6-10) who defeated Goliath and became King of Israel. God used Paul mightily who was actively persecuting Christians and went on to write more than half of the New Testament. God can use ordinary people like you and me in extraordinary ways. We will always think we are unqualified but it is not about us. It is about Him. We are vessels of his grace and he will use our limitations for His glory.
Told but forgotten
The women at the empty tomb forgot or did not realise that Jesus already told them that he will rise again on the 3rd day (Matthew 16:21). The disciples also did not remember or appreciate what Jesus told them before as they were in hiding. They were paralyzed by grief and fear. Can you blame them? They had just witnessed their friend and Messiah crucified on the cross. It was devastating for them. When we are in the midst of pain, suffering or darkness, we sometimes forget God’s promises. We are so overwhelmed by our emotions that we forget to turn to God. God reminded Joshua to meditate on the Word of God day and night, he told Joshua “Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go”. We must always look to God’s word and trust that he is in control over any situation.
Lord, we thank you that we are a new creation and thank you that we can be called a Child of God. We thank you that You live in all of us and through you we can do more than our own abilities. Teach us to trust you to use our weaknesses for Your Glory. We pray for your strength in the midst of storms and crisis and to be firmly rooted in You so that no storm of life will shake us. Take away our fear and replace it with faith in your everlasting love. Amen.