His Risen Presence

“THE EARLIEST REFERENCE to the Resurrection is Saint Paul’s, and he makes no mention of an empty tomb at all. But the fact of the matter is that in a way it hardly matters how the body of Jesus came to be missing because in the last analysis what convinced the people that he had risen from the dead was not the absence of his corpse but his living presence. And so it has been ever since” (Frederick Buechner, The Faces of Jesus).

It matters that there is a ton of evidence to support the resurrection of Jesus. Of course there’s an empty tomb where the body of Jesus had been laid previously.

But the biggest evidence is the transforming presence of the risen and living Jesus. That’s what led those disciples from hiding out in an upper room to being willing to risk everything — including their lives — to spread the news of the Messiah to all the known world. That’s what led that small ragtag group of followers to completely turn their world upside down for the sake of the gospel. That’s the hope that we have in the world.

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