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Holy Week Devotional - Resurrection of the Lord by Blaine Baker

Sunday April 16

Colossians 3:1-4

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
                             Colossians 3:2

In the whirlwind of recent world events, I have caught myself saying more than a few times, “That is impossible.” And yet, conditions were just right so that seemingly impossible events have occurred right before our eyes. On the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, his followers experienced not just a seemingly impossible event—but a miraculous one. When they arrived at the tomb on the morning of the third day, the body of Jesus was found to be missing. This discovery was both perplexing and beyond comprehension. As they trembled with fear, two angels announced to them that Jesus had been raised from the dead, just as he had promised. In time, all Jesus’ closest followers came to believe in His bodily resurrection. We, as followers of Jesus, also believe in that resurrection.

Over the years, many have challenged the validity of Jesus’ resurrection, in light of modern rational and scientific thought. My response is that just because an event is not rational to us does not mean that it did not occur. Creator God is not confined to our prescribed ways of thinking. Moreover, the human endeavor of science is not equipped to provide an explanation for the resurrection. There is no experiment or experiments that could be undertaken to explain Jesus. This event was a singular one, requiring the miraculous hand of God, and thus cannot be studied by methods of science. The resurrection is truly beyond the realm of science, yet we believe.

Given our belief, how should we, as followers of Jesus, respond? Paul addresses this question in Colossians 3:2 when he gives the command to set our minds on things above. This call, in my view, is to live with an eye toward eternity and God’s Divine Plan. As we believe, let us look upward.

Blane Baker

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