There Is More - The Resurrection by Jerry Watts

There Is More - The Resurrection
Jerry Watts
1 Corinthians 15:3-20

It was on Feb. 27, 1991, at the height of Desert Storm, that Ruth Dillow received a very sad message from the Pentagon. It stated that her son, Clayton Carpenter, Private 1st Class, had stepped on a mine in Kuwait and was dead. Ruth Dillow later wrote, ''I can't begin to describe my grief and shock. It was almost more than I could bear. For 3 days I wept. For 3 days I expressed anger and loss. For 3 days people tried to comfort me, to no avail because the loss was too great.'' But 3 days after she received that message, the telephone rang. The voice on the other end said, ''Mom, it's me. I'm alive.'' Ruth Dillow said, ''I couldn't believe it at first. But then I recognized his voice, and he really was alive.'' The message was all a mistake! She said, ''I laughed, I cried, I felt like turning cartwheels, because my son whom I had thought was dead, was really alive. I'm sure none of you can even begin to understand how I felt.''

The disciples, other believers, and friends of Jesus completely understand how Ruth felt. On that painful, crucifixion day, they suffered through the agony Jesus endured. The abuse, the scourging, the walk down the Via Dolorosa, and the crown of thorns.

They heard his raspy voice from the cross as He said, ''I thirst'', ''Today you will be with me in paradise,'' ''Father, why have you forsaken me,'' ''Into your hands I commend my spirit,'' and ''It Is Finished. (Tetelestai).'' As His life slipped away from Him all of these people felt their hope slip away. When His body was placed in the tomb and the stone rolled over it, it seemed too much. When the government sealed His grave so that no one could get in, it was adding insult to injury.

Those Sabbaths Jesus was in the grave were like an eternity. Quite likely, in the natural course of their lives, even the most ordinary chore was magnified because He was gone. The one who has brought such life, gave such hope, a ...


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