He is Risen

Perspective 1- Dan Petrak

Perspective 2- Diane Schmidt

What a great and glorious chapter! The Resurrection! Jesus fulfilling his mission, the reason he became human. As I read this chapter, thinking about writing a perspective, I kept seeing the disciples’ and women’s reactions to the resurrection. Jesus appears to Mary but she doesn’t recognized him. He appears to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, same thing, they don’t recognize him. He appeared in the room with the disciples but they doubted him. Thomas gets credit for being the doubter but he wasn’t the only one. How so we today are like the disciples.

Jesus appears to us, each day, through his Word and through the witness and lives of other Christians. But often we don’t recognize him. He speaks to us but we don’t hear or believe. We say we trust him but do we, really? In this chapter we read over and over that Jesus made a promise, told us how it would be accomplished and he kept that promise. Today we can trust him, too. He tells us his promises and he delivers! He is risen. He has conquered death and sin. We are his chosen people, wholly and dearly loved!

We can be like the disciples and spread the Gospel. Jesus appeared to them on the shore and shared breakfast with them. Then what did he do? He told them to “feed my sheep,” “go and make disciples” and “I am with you.” And today we can have breakfast with Jesus (daily devotions) and go out and make disciples, by the very life we live and the witness that we are to others. Jesus is with us! His is risen! He is risen, indeed!

Perspective 3- Pastor Phil

Easter is my favorite day of the year. The resurrection is the reason we celebrate and it happens to be the reason we go to church every week because we celebrate the resurrection. This chapter was a culmination of the earthly ministry of Jesus and he never disappoints.

I love how the chapter ends.

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. But these are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

We have four gospels that shed light on the life of Jesus. We could easily assume that what they wrote is all there was about Jesus. But John’s Gospel tells us that there was soooo much more than what he wrote or even the other gospels wrote. He did other things, said other stuff…but they captured exactly what God wanted them to capture and conveyed what God wanted them to convey to the reader. The conclusion to all these things: these things were written so that you might believe. Through the Holy Spirit we are enlightened and can finally see the truth…by that faith we have life in Christ. Our God is a big God capable of doing things beyond our imagination or comprehension. Look no further than the resurrection to see that Jesus coming back shows God’s power and might. May you look upon the resurrection this year and witness God’s power in your life.

Perspective 4- Barb Miles

So much happens in this chapter of The Story.   One of many familiar stories was when all the disciples but Thomas had seen Jesus.  When the other disciples told him they had seen The Lord, Thomas replied with “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my fingers where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”  He’s called ‘Doubting Thomas’, right?

Later when the disciples were gathered Jesus appeared to them and he went over to Thomas.  Jesus asked Thomas to feel his side and his hands.  Jesus said “Stop doubting and believe.”

Can you imagine the look on Thomas’ face as he said “My Lord and my God!”  What feelings were rushing through his mind?  Was he still convincing himself, was he in awe, was he sorrowful for needing visual proof, did he question his faith?

Jesus’ response seemed like a critical statement “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  Our faith has blessed us.

He Is Risen.  He Has Risen Indeed.