Luke 24:19-24 (NIVUK)
“He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
There is little wonder that these disciples were confused and disorientated – what a lot of conflicting emotions and events they had endured over the last few days. There is no doubt that they had come face to face with a mystery – just who was this Jesus, and could he really be alive? What I like about them is that they were willing to talk about their experiences with this ‘stranger’, to be honest and open in their testimony, open in their awe, distress and questions; their faith was real.
Lord, help me today not to hide my faith away but to be free in my testimony, sharing my experiences of you in all their forms. May our honesty point to you!