The first heralds of the resurrection were the women who went to the tomb early on that first Easter Sunday. Having seen the empty sepulcher and heard the declaration of the angels, they returned to share the news:
“When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense” (Luke 24:9-11, NIV).
This is still the Christian proclamation, and it is still the crux of faith. If it was hard for the disciples to believe, if the message of the resurrection seemed like nonsense to them, we shouldn’t be surprised when it seems like nonsense to so many others.
And we have the challenges of our own time and context. 21st century people think of ourselves as sophisticated and enlightened, and there is a strong tendency to think of the people of former times as rusticated and benighted. And so when the evangelical faith is proclaimed, that Jesus actually rose from the dead, to many it seems like nonsense.
But it is the word of hope and victory. It is the proclamation of sinners justified, death undone, and the door of paradise flung wide. It is the fulfilment of the primordial promise and of the prophecies of millennia.
The free gift of God comes by faith in this risen Savior. Those whose eyes have been opened by the Holy Spirit see the truth and wonder in what the world calls nonsense; those who have the courage to believe receive. Those who hope and wait for His return will be rewarded.