Many people today are bemused by the events of the first Easter and they are in good company. When we read Luke’s account of that incredible morning over 2000 years ago we see that even those closest to Jesus are confused by the empty tomb. They share their hurt and disappointment with the execution of Jesus and their bewilderment at the reports of his resurrection.
The way the risen Jesus answers their confusion and disbelief is to take them back to the Bible. Luke tells us that “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Similarly, back in Jerusalem, where Jesus’ friends are gathered together to discuss the rumours, Jesus appears to them and says to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations.”
From the perspective of our experience confusion about the resurrection is understandable. We know that dead people do not come back to life. However, from the perspective of the Bible resurrection is exactly what we are to expect of one person, God’s king. The truth about Easter is that the resurrection is the ultimate proof that Jesus is God’s king.