Since we are still celebrating our Savior rising from the dead, I have chosen Acts 24:3, "He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God."
The events of Easter morning came as a complete surprise. Confusion and commotion ruled as people ran back and forth to and from the tomb. Each of the witnesses had their own experiences in the course of events. Mary of Magdalene had her story to tell. Peter and John saw things differently. The other women at the tomb had not seen everything all at once. Each of them talked about their experience differently.
One thing they shared together that day was that they were all reluctant to believe Jesus was resurrected from the dead. We, too, without the help of the Holy Spirit, are reluctant to believe in Jesus' resurrection. They were convinced by reality and thus could say that Jesus was resurrected. We need to believe their words so that we, too, are convinced that Jesus is resurrected.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: I thank you, Lord Jesus, for having your disciple's doubts recorded so that I can know that even in their disbelief, they were convinced of your resurrection. Let me encounter you so that I, too, in times of doubt, know that you have risen from the dead. In your holy name, I pray. Amen