It is never encouraging when someone blatantly describes what you are saying as simply nonsense.
To be accused of speaking nonsense is never very reassuring, but that is exactly what the disciples of Jesus Christ told the women when they returned to report that Jesus was risen from the dead.
They actually thought the women were delirious - fevered - sick. The emotion of the past week had obviously been too much for them. Now, remember, that this account is being written by a doctor who had checked out all the information available.
These were the men who had been trained and taught by Jesus for three years. They had been present at the Passover meal when Jesus gave bread and wine that special significance. Jesus was depending upon them, but there was no instant dynamic leadership on resurrection morning. We don't see much specific dynamic faith at this particular moment in time - and it is resurrection morning.
The testimony of the women did touch one or two hearts. This why giving your testimony is so important. You do not need to give the whole truth. You may not know the whole truth. Just be a witness to that part of the story which you know to be true and authentic.
Peter wondered if this just might be true. Peter had promised to stand by Jesus no matter what happened, and Peter remembers that he had denied Jesus on three occasions when he had the opportunity to speak up for Him. Imagine Peter saying three times that he did not know Jesus Christ! And yet, this did not make the risen living Jesus reject Peter. Jesus dealt with that in detail ten days later by the Galilean shoreline.
Peter had given the impression that Jesus could rely upon him, but he had let Him down as Jesus faced His darkest hours.
Peter and the youngest of the twelve disciples, John, decide to go and check out what the women had told them.
It was just as had been described. Check things out. That too is important. It was the very least Peter could do - just in case it might be as the women had described.
The gaping door of the tomb was open and in they went.
It wasn't empty. The clothes in which the body of the crucified Christ had been wrapped were lying on the slab.
Peter is confused, bewildered, shaken, surprised. Sometimes we too go through a whole gambit of emotions before the truth dawns. It was similar with Saul of Tarsus, who became the mighty and powerful and humble Paul.
Peter wondered what was happening, and he slips away by himself to think and work things out, when the risen living Jesus appears to him. You will find all this described in such wonderful detail in Luke Chapter 24 in the New Testament part of the Bible.
For Peter, the resurrection from the dead was no longer nonsense.
It never is once you have met the living Jesus.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children's Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
He broadcasts regularly on WSHO radio out of New Orleans, and writes a weekly commentary at http://www.studylight.org entitled “Word from Scotland" on various biblical themes, as well as a weekly newspaper column.
His M. A. and B. D.degrees are from The University of Edinburgh, and he continues to run and exercise regularly to maintain a level of physical fitness.