One thing that struck me about the Easter stories this year was that, even though the disciples had just witnessed the greatest, most miraculous event in human history, they still saw the importance of Scripture in the life of the Church.
Luke’s narrative of the events that took place on Easter Day has two instances where Jesus discusses Scripture with his disciples. In one of the instances the disciples even commented later that their hearts were burning within them as Jesus opened the Scriptures to them. (See Luke 24)
In I Corinthians 15 where Paul is writing about the most important things in Christendom he notes that, “Jesus died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”
Acts 1 tells us that even when it came time to replace the traitor Judas with a new member of the apostolic band the disciples were guided by the Scriptures.
Clearly God’s hand-picked witnesses to Christ’s resurrection did not say, “Well, we just witnessed the greatest miracle of all time, we don’t need the Scriptures anymore.” In fact their attitude was just the opposite: “We have witnessed these great events now let us show you how it all ties in with Scripture.”
This obvious emphasis on Scripture by the disciples reminds us that, just because we did not get to be witnesses to the resurrection, to bask in the glory of the risen Christ, we are not in any way second class believers. The same Scriptures that the resurrection witnesses kept studying are ours today.
Even though Scripture is attacked and misinterpreted, those led by God’s Holy Spirit will always strive to show that what they teach is in accordance with the Scriptures. Even as we continue to be witnesses of God’s everyday miracles we still need regular nourishment of our faith from Scripture.