Follow the Risen Christ

Jill Ver Steeg

READ : John 21:1-22 Jesus said to him . . . follow me! (v. 22) After his resurrection, Jesus appears to his disciples by the Sea of Tiberius. For Simon Peter, the one who stood in the courtyard denying Jesus, life is different now. Everything he knew fell apart at the cross and so Peter goes back to what makes the most sense: fishing. Fishing, after all, is what Peter does best. Unfortunately for Peter, “Plan B” is not working. …

From Doubt to Belief

Jill Ver Steeg

READ : John 20:24-29 My Lord and my God! (v. 28) We like evidence. A person’s word is fine for some things, but we prefer proof. A court will not convict without evidence of guilt. A banker will not invest without evidence of a return. A savvy car shopper will not buy without evidence of a quality vehicle. So we understand when Thomas, who was not with the other disciples on that first Easter evening, wants a little more than …

The Church of the Resurrection

Jill Ver Steeg

READ : John 20:19-23 Peace be with you. (v. 19) On the evening of that first Easter day, the disciples have locked themselves away. They fear the Jewish leaders and are both confused and astonished by this resurrection business. What should they make of these eyewitness accounts of the risen Jesus appearing to some women? And if they are true, then what do they do next? How would they convince those who had not seen the risen Lord? Could they …

Rejoice!

Jill Ver Steeg

READ : Matthew 28:1-10 Greetings. . . . Do not be afraid. (vv. 9-10) “Do not be afraid.” Whenever angels appear in the Bible, these are the first words out of their mouths. To a virgin named Mary, “Do not be afraid.” To shepherds on a hillside, “Do not be afraid.” Now to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary the angel speaks these words, “Do not be afraid.” And the angel tells them how Jesus is not there. The women …

Do Not Be Afraid

Jill Ver Steeg

READ : Matthew 28:1-10 Do not be afraid. . . . He is not here, for he has risen. (vv. 5-6) On the first day of the week two women stumble through the darkness on their way to Jesus’ tomb. Suddenly the earth shakes and an angel, like a lightning bolt dressed in neon clothing, descends from the throne room of God. The angel unhinges the door to the tomb and throws it aside. From his pulpit of stone the …