The story of the resurrection of Jesus appears in all four Gospels. However, there are significant differences between the four accounts. Questions have been raised for centuries. How many angels were present at the resurrection? How many women went to the tomb? Who got there first? There was a time when people would use these discrepancies to say that the Bible was untrue. But decades of cop shows have taught the sophisticated reader that far from discrediting the Bible, the discrepancies actually prove that the event was real.
But the disciples did not believe and did not go. The frightened and confused disciples stayed in Jerusalem, locked in their secret room. And so, Jesus appeared in their hiding place and said, “Peace be with you.”
So many times in my life I have failed to follow Jesus. Failed to do what he called me to do out of fear, confusion, and doubt. No wonder that at 63 years of age I am still trying to fulfill his call on my life. But even when I have strayed from the path Jesus set for me, he comes to me where I am and says, “Peace be with you.”
Our life with God is not about what we do; it is about what Jesus has done. He took our fear and confusion and doubt and nailed it to the cross so he can come to us where we are and gently embrace us. Then, in the comfort, assurance, and strength of his embrace, he carries us back to our path and sets our feet on the road of peace.
Happy Easter 2017