John’s patience for crossing New York City on foot finally ran out so he flagged down a cab and crawled in. Once they got underway, John tapped the driver on the shoulder to give him the address. The driver screamed, snatched the wheel, sideswiped a bus, went up on the sidewalk, and stopped inches from a store window.
Both men sat in the quiet taxi cab for a few seconds catching their breath. The driver finally broke the silence by shouting, “Look mister, don’t ever do that again! You scared me half to death!”
John apologized to the driver and said he didn’t realize that a little tap could scare someone so much.
The driver calmed in an instant and sheepishly replied, “You’re right. I’m sorry, sir. Actually, it’s not your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver. I’ve been driving a hearse for 25 years.”
This is a funny little story that perfectly illustrates the surprise caused by Easter’s miracle. The taxi driver made some resolute assumptions about his passenger, and was totally shocked when reality turned out differently. Likewise, no one expected Jesus to be alive on that Sunday morning…but He was!
Take a look at the women’s surprise when they discovered the empty tomb:
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words. (Luke 24:1-8)
And now, because of this miracle, the taxi driver’s hearse isn’t our last ride!
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