It is the human inclination to gravitate towards laws of reason, those things rational, and the making of sense. The ideologies of Christianity cannot be reconciled with those of common sense, however, because we do not serve a common God. We serve the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Our God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. When a situation looks dead to us and our fellow man, God can take that situation and make it live again. No, it doesn’t make sense, but we had better thank God for it. This brings us to our key text coming out of the last chapter of Matthew — chapter 28 verses 1 — 9. Behold, the word of the Lord reads:
1 In the end of the Sabbath as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him.
In this particular text, Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” — speculated to be Mary the mother of Jesus — have gone to visit Jesus’ tomb. The words of the text insinuate that the two mothers expected to find Jesus still inside the grave. For, the angel of the Lord told them, “I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
Common sense told Jesus’ followers, “Christ is dead.” Reason told Jesus’ followers, “The dead do not rise again,” but I can only imagine that in their spirits they were clinging dearly to the words of the Lord that said He would live again. God constantly reminds us in His word that He stands by His word. Sometimes, however, what we perceive with our human eyes tells our human senses that all is lost — that our situation is dead, but Christ can make it live again. Our job as believers is to stand by God’s word, have faith that He will fulfill His promises, and know without a doubt that God — the Creator of the earth — is bigger than any obstacle we see.
Have a blessed day!
As a senior editor for All Christian News, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author ofEphemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. She also does custom poetry and performances for special events. To learn more and contact Ayvaunn, click here Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.