One of my favorite sayings is “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”. I guess you can call me a skeptic.
Garnet and I recently received an advertisement from a local auto dealership. The ad said they would allow us up to $4,500 above book value for our car. I quickly began to figure how inexpensively we would be able to drive around in a brand new car.
We walked into the dealership and were greeted by a salesman. When we described our car, he told us how much the trade-in would be. That figure turned out to be $3,000 less than the book value – not $4,500 more. Needless to say, we are still driving our old car. As we left the showroom, we were reminded “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.
Put yourself in the shoes of Mary Magdalene, Peter, John, or one of Jesus’ other followers on that first Easter morning. He had told them that He would be betrayed, have to suffer and die, but would rise from the grave three days later. They didn’t begin to understand what He was talking about. Even if they had, it would have sounded too good to be true.
But it is true. Mary Magdalene saw Him, believed He was alive, and went and told the disciples. The disciples saw Him and believed He was alive when He showed them His hands and His side.
However, one of His chosen followers was not there when Jesus appeared. We know this disciple as ‘Doubting Thomas’ because he said he would not believe unless he saw the nail wounds in His hands. But even this doubter was convinced eight days later when Jesus appeared to them again.
There were several other appearances over the next forty days. He walked and talked with the two on the road to Emmaus. He appeared to His apostles while they were fishing. Those same men were present and watching when He ascended into heaven. The preponderance of evidence assures us it is true. Jesus conquered death, the final enemy (I Corinthians 15:26). If we confess our faith in Him, and confirm that faith by our obedience, He will make us conquerors, too.