One of my favorite things about Easter is the journey we take through the Acts of the Apostles.
After Christ’s death, the Apostles were in hiding. And, rightfully so, they’re leader was just killed. It wasn’t paranoia that they thought they’d be next. The enemies of Christ would eventually come after them too.
We’ve seen this strategy before (and it works!) – cut off the head, and the body dies. But, in this case, it doesn’t. In fact, it has the exact opposite effect.
It’s a beautiful testament to the resurrection of Christ. Before – Apostles were locked inside, afraid. After – they go out and preach, converting 3,000 on their first try.
What happened? Did they just need a few days to muster up the courage? To pick a new leader? To ‘convince’ themselves that Christ was raised from the dead?
What could have possibly happened that would result in this headless, body of eleven men going out converting thousands, spreading the faith to the ends of the earth, building a Church which has outlasted every empire?
It’s an unparalleled effect. And, maybe, just maybe, that means the cause was even more unparalleled.