The Strongest Force in History

Luke 24:4, 12

Sorrow and love sleep lightly. As a result, it was early in the morning when the women found their way to Jesus’ tomb. In their hands they carried, as a representation of the love in their hearts, spices to anoint the body of Jesus. When they came to the tomb they found the stone rolled away. Luke tells us that “While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them” (24:4).

Guilt and shame also sleep lightly. Peter had spent sleepless nights as he thought about his failure in denying and deserting Christ. When the word reached him that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty, he rushed to see if it was true. Luke tells us, “He saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened” (24:12).

Jesus challenged the two foes that people in all their strength cannot handle-sin and death—and conquered them both. The empty tomb stands as the strongest force in history. There is a power in the resurrection that gives deep meaning and purpose to life.

Wondering minds, then and now, begin to see from the signal event in history that truth is stronger than a lie. The claim of the resurrection is so great that, if true, nothing else matters, and if not true, it is the biggest deception ever.

Most of the disciples died violent, agonizing deaths. While men may die for what they think to be true, they will not die for what they know to be a lie. Truth is stronger than a lie.

The whole existence of the church rested on the strength of the resurrection. After the crucifixion, the disciples found themselves despondent and despairing. But after seven weeks and Pentecost, a very different Peter preached to a mob.

A new sense of power was experienced. Apart from the resurrection, there would be no church. If the enemies of Jesus had succeeded, that which is false would have been shown to be stronger than truth.

Wondering minds, then and now, begin to see from the strongest force in history that life is stronger than death.

The resurrection is the strongest force in history, for it shows us that truth is stronger than a lie, love is stronger than hate and life is stronger than death.

John Busby, The War Cry

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