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Listening to the Easter Witnesses

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We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. (Acts 10:39-40 NIV)
When you want to know what happened in the past you look for witnesses. It might be that you want to know about an event in history. It might be that a court wants to determine the facts about a particular crime. It might be that you want to find out from your children just how the family heirloom was broken! In those situations, the ideal witness is someone who was there and can tell you about it.
When we come to the Easter story, and especially the resurrection, we feel that need of witnesses particularly acutely. We find ourselves being told something – that a dead person has risen back to life – which seems utterly impossible in our experience. That’s why the book of Acts, where the gospel spreads to the world, emphasises the witnesses.
Jesus told his disciples j…