Seeing a dead person would frighten anyone. Especially one who is walking and talking! In the movie, The Sixth Sense, Bruce Willis plays a psychiatrist who works with a young boy who sees dead people.The movie stirs the viewer to feel the horrifying fear of the young boy, as he is led to various “dead” people who haven’t “crossed over” to the other side of life yet. Although we don’t necessarily agree with that notion, it still gives a good example of what the disciples went through after the death of Jesus.
It’s little wonder the disciples of Jesus were initially terrified when He appeared to them after His death. They had no illusions about His death. They had been hiding in fear of the authorities who might kill them if they were found to be followers of Jesus. Yet, here He was standing in front of them, talking to them and reminding them of His life’s purpose and theirs…to continue preaching the Gospel. After their initial fear subsided, they found peace. They knew He was God, and they devoted their lives to sharing this Good News and their faith in Him.
And even though the authorities ordered the disciples to stop preaching what was considered “heretical nonsense,” they could not stop telling what they knew to be true. All but one died a martyr’s death for proclaiming these facts. Death caused them no fear. And so it is with us. We can continue sharing our faith with no fear of eternal death.
No event in history is more important than Jesus’ resurrection. Do you believe it?