What was the reaction to the resurrection of Jesus Christ? The guards, who were posted to make sure that the body was not stolen from the tomb, were so afraid, they shook and became like dead men.

The religious leaders were so distressed when they heard the report from the guards that they bribed the guards to falsely report that the body had been stolen while they were asleep. (For a soldier to admit that he were sleeping on the job, could have had very dire consequences.)

When Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, she saw that the stone was moved and the body was gone so she went and told the disciples, specifically Peter and John. Peter and John raced to the tomb. John was faster and arrived first, but Peter was braver and went into the tomb first.

When John went in, it says, “He saw and he believed.” Then the text further comments, “They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.” (John 20:8-9, NIV)

What is your reaction to the resurrection of Jesus Christ? You can deny it. Many have! Frank Morrison set out to prove that the resurrection was a hoax.

He was so moved by the evidence that he ended up writing, Who Moved the Stone? You can ignore it. Many do! They are ignoring the most important and significant event in history.

We can identify with His resurrection. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4, NIV)

Identifying with His resurrection gives us the hope or assurance that we will be raised to life. “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.” (Romans 6:5, NIV)

What are the implications of identifying with His resurrection, i.e. being raised with Christ? “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1, NIV) If I have been raised with Christ, my life will be changed. He will be my focus and my purpose. He will be my life!

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.