Seems Like Nonsense

Luke 24:9-11 “When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the eleven and to the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.”

Is there anything in your life now that seems like nonsense to you?

There were conflicting stories back then, You know, people were saying Jesus died, in fact, people saw Jesus die! And when they were told what happened and reminded of what Jesus said… they thought the women’s words were like nonsense. Maybe it’s a male/female thing?

Luke 24:12 “Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.”

And then maybe it isn’t a male/female thing. Maybe we not only doubt others, but we doubt ourselves. We like to call Thomas the doubting one, but maybe it’s our humanness coming out to scapegoat the one who was brave enough to say out loud what everyone else was thinking.

It's a strange time now for us, too. I hear people saying they look forward to going back to normal. Do you think the followers of Jesus were saying this during this time of doubt? Wouldn’t it be great if only we could go back to normal.

People are going to protest. People are going to want to go back to the good old days.  People are going to call you a fool. People are going to do things that Jesus didn’t do. AND… some people are going to want to hurt you.  BUT!!!!

As good as the past may have been. As worried as you may be. As crazy as the world may seem. Jesus is with us, you and I, now and Jesus is saying FOLLOW ME!  So…

Love your neighbor, you are following Jesus! Forgive those who have hurt you, those you know and those you don’t know, you are following Jesus! Feed the hungry, you are following Jesus! Help the alien, the foreigner, the ones everyone is telling you to neglect, you are following Jesus! Pray to GOD if you are worried, nervous, or in doubt, you are following Jesus. AND…

KNOW YOU ARE LOVED! For you are following Jesus! Amen

Jim Dietvorst

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