The crucifixion scene is deserted. Golgotha, that skull shaped hill, is now a quiet place. The throngs of people who gathered to witness this public spectacle have all been home for days. The abused and mutilated body of the Master has been taken down and laid in the tomb. Even the cleansing blood of the Savior has been wiped from the ground. Mary and Martha have gone to anoint Christ’s lifeless body and have since discovered that He is not there. Folded grave clothes mark the place where they laid Him. Now what?
HE IS NOT HERE! HE IS RISEN JUST AS HE SAID!
Hope has just been revived! Possibility has just been renewed! The sad reality, however, is that The Eleven do not initially recognize it nor receive it. Jesus appeared several times based on the Gospel accounts of his activity post-resurrection and each time at least one misses it. One of the most intriguing is the Lukan account of Jesus’ travels on the Road to Emmaus where He appears to disciples (Luke 24:13-35). They, too, do not recognize the Living Lord.
How long has the risen Jesus walked among us and we have done the same? It is a mistake that we are all guilty of—not recognizing Jesus. Paul had it right when he said that we see through a glass darkly. Jesus moves among us from day to day, confirming His works with signs and wonders, and we still miss the move. During this post-Resurrection season, as we approach Pentecost, let us walk with a greater sensitivity to our Risen Redeemer. Let us not forget that He charged us to:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
What does the resurrection mean to you? Since Jesus got up and His “getting up” keeps us up, then what are we doing to bring others up? The message of the resurrection is simple. It brings hope to the faithful. It lets us know that it is possible to get back up again. Yet and still, let us not forget that in the midst of our getting up, we have a responsibility to help get others up from the tombs of life.
A CHARGE TO KEEP I HAVE, A GOD TO GLORIFY, A NEVER-DYING SOUL TO SAVE, AND FIT IT FOR THE SKY! TO SERVE THE PRESENT AGE, MY CALLING TO FULFILL: O MAY IT ALL MY POWERS ENGAGE TO DO MY MASTER’S WILL!
 Matthew 28:19-20, NKJV.
 “A Charge to Keep I Have,” written by Charles Wesley, 1762. Lyrics found at http://nethymnal.org/htm/c/h/chargkeep.htm (accessed April 11, 2012).