"The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.'" — Matthew 28:5-6a (NIV)
Hearing and listening are related but are two different activities of the ear and brain. We hear lots of sounds every day, including the voices of different people. However, sometimes we don't stop and listen to what others are saying to us. We stay caught up in our own internal dialogue and don't clear our minds to listen to what is being shared with us. When that happens, it can cause some problems in our relationships. Jesus' disciples were caught in this trap. Jesus had told them four times that he would be raised to life after dying. Perhaps their grief at the thought of their revered rabbi dying kept them from hearing all that Jesus said, or perhaps they were just preoccupied with the crowds or the events around them. We may wonder just how dense the disciples could be to have not understood what Jesus meant. But Jesus still speaks to us through His Spirit and often we don't understand. Perhaps we're not listening as closely as we ought. The good news is that Jesus' Word is always true, whether we listen to it or not. But if we listen we'll learn that Jesus' promises give us new life as well.
Prayer: Holy God, Your Word is truth and life to us, if only we would listen to you. Thank you for the gift of raising Your Son, Jesus, to life so that we may learn to listen to and follow him. Amen.
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