The Easter season speaks to us of Christ Jesus' resurrection. So great is the event, so far-reaching are its consequences, that the human mind shrinks from admitting its veraciousness. Yet some were present to witness it. More than one disciple could testify to the empty tomb even before the risen Master appeared in person. The weight of belief against this final triumph of Jesus was heavy, but the burden of proof in its favor is conclusive. The Sadducees might scoff at the idea of a resurrection, but it took place in spite of their opposition and infidelity.

Before the resurrection we can trace a note of sadness in some of the Master's utterances, but afterwards the scene is lighted up with an unbounded lightness and the joy of spiritual dominion. Something wonderful had been accomplished: a great spiritual achievement had taken place. There is a note of triumph, for instance, in Jesus' greeting to the two Marys as the turned from the sepulcher, "All hail" (Matt. 28:9). There is gentle assurance in his summons to the fishermen disciples on the shore of Galilee, "Come and dine" (John 21:12). There is a long and triumphant call to all professing Christians in those inspiring commands to be found in the Gospel of Mark(16:17, 18): "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

April 8, 1950

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