And Sunday changed everything...
I don't believe that Jesus' followers totally ruled out His claim of resurrection...and yet the fact that they were elated in full wonder makes one suspect they weren't really expecting it. I like what Eugene Peterson writes:
It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.
Salvation hangs not from the cross but in the resurrection of Jesus that culminates all He said and all He claimed to be. Timothy Keller puts it this way:
If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.He lives! My past was nailed to the cross and the resurrection is what has given me hope, a future, and a song to sing. And I hang on to His every word.