“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.’ And they remembered his words…” (Lk 24: 1-8)
Jesus did, indeed, predict His death and resurrection many times (e.g., Lk 18: 32-33). This was common knowledge even to the scribes and Pharisees, which is why, after His death and burial, these religious leaders went to Pilate and asked him to secure the Tomb, saying: “Sir, we remember how that imposter said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore order the sepulchre to be made secure until the third day…” (Mt 27: 63-64)
And yet the women are “perplexed” about the empty Tomb. And they need to be reminded, “Remember how he told you…” Because in the trauma over His Cross, which the women witnessed first-hand, they lost sight of His repeated assurance that He will rise again. Just as I might tend to forget His promise of new life, at moments when things look dark on my cross-carrying journey. Just as I might start seeking answers “among the dead,” wallowing in the “problem” rather than remembering the Solution.
So let me look forward today, to the Solution promised to me many times by my reassuring Lord. He shall ”rise again,” – and again, in my life, giving me growth and new life, whatever my grief or loss or “problem” is today. ”Remember how he told you,” I am reminded today, by reliable witnesses. Glory be to His cross and resurrection.