I’m a little late in getting to this, so we’ll go ahead with what Peter had to say about it afterwards:
Peter proceeded to speak and said:Acts 10:34a, 37-43
“You know what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.
We are witnesses of all that he did
both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that he is the one appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in him
will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”
To me, it is impossible to not be moved by this – as well the reading where Peter and “the apostle Jesus loved” run to the tomb and find it empty…still not knowing and still not sure, but you know they were running through their heads things from “they stole his body” to “didn’t he say he would rise again?” and in hope and fear wondering what was going to happen.
And as my pastor did this morning, I’ll ask all Christians reading: do you believe in the resurrection? Because if you don’t, then there’s no point in going to Church. That is the unique thing about the Christian faith…to have it make the least of sense, the resurrection must be believed. I do believe it, as it turns out.
God bless you all!