File

File

Minister’s Message: Resurrection reactions

Jesus showed that God’s word is for our comfort and counsel.

By Mitch Glover

For the Peninsula Clarion

Reactions to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ varied. Those who heard him say he would rise again did not remember. Those anticipating that possibility were opposed to Jesus. They asked to secure the tomb so that it stayed occupied. When it proved empty, they paid the guards to say his body was stolen.

The body of Jesus was hastily prepared for burial by Joseph and Nicodemus. Early the third morning, devout women made their way to the tomb for more burial preparation. Sad, tear-stained faces turned to wonder when they encountered an angel who told them Jesus was risen.

The Bible says the women at the tomb were “perplexed and afraid.” Mixed in their emotions was “fear and great joy.” They “trembled and were amazed.” Their weeping soon turned to rejoicing.

Mary stood at the tomb weeping, thinking she saw the gardener. When Jesus said her name, she realized he was alive.

After Mary’s report, Peter and John ran to the tomb. Peter went right in and saw the grave clothes lying empty. John then entered and believed. Others struggled with their belief.

Hearing about the Resurrection, they thought it was “idle tales.” They continued to mourn and weep. Mary told them of seeing Jesus, yet they believed not.

Even when other disciples saw the risen Lord, they “worshiped but some doubted.” Doubted? How could doubt remain when they actually saw him?

Maybe this referred to Thomas. Absent when Jesus appeared to other disciples, he wanted to see the nail prints. Jesus again appeared to them, saying, “Peace be unto you.” This time, Thomas was present. Jesus told him to touch his hands and his side, to “be not faithless, but believing.” Thomas believed and said, “My Lord and my God.”

Two men trudging along the road to Emmaus were joined by a stranger. They didn’t know it was Jesus. They told him of the crucifixion three days before. They said certain women found the tomb empty and angels told them Jesus was alive. Others confirmed the empty tomb, but didn’t see Jesus.

Jesus shared scriptures concerning Christ, which no doubt comforted them. At Emmaus, they invited him to stay with them. When Jesus blessed the bread and broke it, they recognized him, then he was gone. “Didn’t our hearts burn within us,” they said as they reflected on Jesus opening scriptures to them.

They quickly returned to Jerusalem in spite of the darkening sky and the 14-mile round trip. They told the other disciples, “the Lord is risen indeed.”

Just then Jesus appeared saying, “Peace be unto you.” Again he turned to scriptures, and opened their understanding. This pattern continued through 40 days wherein Jesus showed he was alive with “many infallible proofs.”

Jesus showed that God’s word is for our comfort and counsel. We can turn to those promises and principles to be encouraged. Much more was yet to come because of his Resurrection.

Paul wrote in Philippians 3:10-11, “that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection…by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” I hope that is your reaction to the Resurrection of Jesus as well.

More in Life

This undated photo shows the stern of the S.S. Dora near a dock on her northerly mail route. (Alaska State Library photo collection)
Resilience of the Dora, part 1

The Dora traveled from the West Coast to Southeast Alaska, to Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet, to Bristol Bay and the Aleutian Islands, and occasionally all the way to Nome.

Sheryl Maree Reily speaks last Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, about the Homer Drawdown Peatland exhibit showing at the Pratt Museum & Park in Homer, Alaska. Reily was a Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence who did an installation and video for the exhbit. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Peatlands exhibit at Pratt merges art and conservation

The exhibit caps a yearslong effort to identify a locally sustainable way to reduce or capture carbon emissions

Seasoned spinach, sauteed mushrooms and onion, acorn jelly, seasoned mung bean sprouts, stir-fried dried anchovies and peanuts, pickled radish, fried zucchini, fried shrimp pancakes, and beef and radish soup were featured in the author’s celebration of Chuseok. The traditional Korean harvest festival dates to antiquity and pays homage to Korea’s ancient farming roots and was celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Sharing a harvest feast

Chuseok, a traditional Korean harvest festival, dates to antiquity and pays homage to Korea’s ancient farming roots.

Will Morrow (courtesy)
Forever young

I have sometimes wondered if I did, in fact, squander my youth.

A still from "Fantastic Fungi," showing at the 17th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. (Photo provided)
Roll ‘em: DocFest returns for 17th year

Homer Documentary Film Festival returns with COVID-19 precautions and a solid line up of films.

Cooked by a combination of pan frying and steaming, delicate tofu and vegetable dumplings require a delicate hand and patience. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Chubby bites of goodness

Pan-fried and steamed tofu and vegetable dumplings take patience and practice.

Nick Varney
Unhinged Alaska: The inside story regarding moose

Moose derive their name from the Native American word, “Moswa,” meaning “twig eater.”

File
Minister’s Message: The myth of ‘success’

Take time to consider what really matters.

“Reimagine,” the 17th annual Burning Basket, catches fire in a field on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, near Homer. Artist Mavis Muller intended to broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube the burning of the basket, but because of technical difficulties that didn’t happen. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
‘Recover’ brings Burning Basket back to Spit

Basket in a time of pandemic will seek to rebuild community, organizer says.

Homemade lemon curd and fruit are an easy way to fill puff pastry tart shells on the fly. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: When life gives you puff pastry … make lemon curd

By my own necessity I have become resourceful, adaptable and a creative problem-solver.

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Life in the Pedestrian Lane: The final frontier

I never once even considered that in my lifetime it might be possible to exist in outer space …

Alaska felt artist Ruthie Ost Towner is pictured in this undated photo. Towner’s work is on display at the Soldotna Visitor Center through September. (Photo courtesy Naomi Gaede-Penner)
Alaska felt artist Ruthie Ost Towner is pictured in this undated photo. Towner’s work is on display at the Soldotna Visitor Center through September. (Photo courtesy Naomi Gaede-Penner)
Preserving the past with felt: Ruth Ost Towner

Ruthie untwists her thread, straightens her shoulders, reaches for a cup of coffee, and calculates her felt-making outcome.