On the heals of Easter, it’s tempting to move on to what’s next. Stuff such as Spring cleaning, Mother’s Day, graduation prep, etc can require our attention so much that Easter could quickly be forgotten. But let’s keep in mind that after Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to folk unexpectedly. And maybe it was difficult to recognize Jesus because there was lots of emotional intensity that made recognition more difficult. Here are a few emotions that maybe cause us to struggle to recognize Jesus:
- fear: the disciples huddled together in fear after Jesus’ death. Jesus appeared to them despite their fear
- grief: maybe it was difficult for Mary Magdalene to recognize Jesus in the Garden after His resurrection because grief was so overwhelming. Jesus appeared to her, nonetheless
- uncertainty: on the road to Emmaus, some of Jesus followers were trying to figure out what had just happened after His crucifixion and “disappearance.” Jesus walked with them on their journey and helped them understand what just happened
- doubt: Thomas was missing when Jesus made His first appearance to the disciples after His resurrection. Jesus came back to untangle Thomas’ doubt.
Let’s keep looking for Jesus because we can find and experience Him everyday because He’s alive!