The evidence for the resurrection is clear for all who want to see it. When the angel told the women going to visit the tomb, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:6 NIV), it was a public invitation. The empty tomb was there for all who wanted to come and see it. So, why didn’t everyone come and see?
In this season, when you’re tempted to isolate emotionally and spiritually as well as physically, it’s important to move forward in faith, not backward in fear. Christian witnesses throughout history have been known for hope, faith, and self-sacrifice, following a Savior who ran toward tragedy and pain, not away from it.
Jesus once asked, “Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying?” (Matthew 6:27 CSB) No! Worry doesn’t add anything to your life. It doesn’t make you healthier. It doesn’t make you happier. It doesn’t even affect one bit whether or not something happens
For many people, this is the first time in our lives we have been forced to take life literally one day at a time—not by choice but because it's all we can handle. We can't plan for the future because we don't know what new restrictions or changes will happen. We're truly living day to day.
In society—now more than ever—we seem incapable of uniting around anything other than affinity groups. Where in our society is there a group that transcends differences of gender, class, or race?
Paul had seconded his story to a grander story that he was sure would end in victory and one in which no sacrifice was wasted. Paul could look at his tragedy and say, “That’s OK. It ends in triumph! The suffering was worth it.” Don’t you want to live in a way that you can say that?