The doubter became the devoted. The denier of his Master became the defender of the faith. The persecutor of the believer became the preacher of the Word. The results of the resurrection were immediate and long lasting.
The profound changes in the lives of the first century followers of Jesus both encourage and challenge us to look at the impact of the resurrection in our own lives. The resurrection means we can live with great expectation and the bold assurance of our salvation. Because he lives, we have a living hope. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5