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Suddenly – Day 3

Luke 24:4

While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.

The Thought

The occasion of this suddenly was after Jesus death. Two un-named women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. They arrived to find the place totally deserted. There was not even a cold body lying in the tomb which they were surprised to find already open wide. The stone had been moved! There were no soldiers on guard as there had been immediately after the death and burial of Jesus. Who could explain to them what had happened? Suddenly two angels appeared to give them the good news.

Many of us have heard of the sudden death of somebody and been very sad. But can we imagine the reverse of that? What a great surprise and a great joy it must have been for these women, and for the rest of Jesus’ followers to discover that death could not stop Jesus!

I often wonder if those angels were the same ones who appeared in another “suddenly” situation which happened after Jesus was taken up into heaven. He left His followers awestruck and not knowing what to expect next. Luke, the writer of our gospel verse today, also wrote the book of Acts, and used similar wording. They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them (Acts 1:10).

The life of Jesus was full of “suddenlies” which never ceased to amaze His followers as well as those who dared to approach him for prayer for themselves or for others they cared for.


Think about some of those suddenlies today and praise God for each one as you remember them.

Pray for similar answers to prayer for yourself, your families and friends or those you work with.

Read Acts 1 today and imagine the different emotions in that chapter.

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