Christ Is Risen!
He Is Risen, Indeed!
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
(They had likely lovingly prepared the spices at sundown on Saturday evening,
after the Sabbath was over and they were now ready to go to the tomb
the first thing on Sunday morning, arriving there before dawn.
Heavy-burdened with the death of their Friend and Teacher and in mourning,
they came with every intention to attend to His corpse.
Like these two women, instead of looking for life in our circumstances,
we so often look for and expect death.)
There was a violent earthquake,
for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven
and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.
The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
(These powerful and electrifying events that trumpet Jesus' resurrection,
so incredible, astonishing, marvelous, and astounding,
are so absolutely amazing that the Roman soldiers,
though experienced and proven men in war and battle,
faint away in a paralyzing terror and panic.
When the truth of the spiritual world invades the mere physical world,
the landscape changes and crashes into the reality
that we, heretofore, have been able to see.)
The angel said to the women,
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who was crucified.
He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.
Come and see the place where He lay.
(In shocked amazement, these two courageous women,
though undoubtedly fearful and hesitant, listen to the angel,
a fantastic, other-worldly being who speaks words
that were unthinkable and unimaginable in the extreme,
who tenderly comforts them and leads them to the very place
where they could see with their own eyes
that what he was saying to them was true.
As we fearlessly seek Jesus today,
the reality of Heaven alters our perspective of earthly matters
as He shows us evidence of the places where He is in our lives!)
Then go quickly and tell His disciples:
‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.
There you will see Him.’ Now I have told you.”
(What an amazing truth and mission to be entrusted to these two women.
The very first announcement of the truth of the resurrection is revealed to women,
and they are trusted with the command to tell their and Jesus' friends
just as we are asked to share the truths with those around us
that the Lord has revealed to us in the experiences though which He has led us!)
So the women hurried away from the tomb,
afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell His disciples.
(Filled with unspeakable joy, they eagerly ran
to share the miracle they had just encountered.
May we be as hearing, as joyful, and as eager
to carry out all the Lord has asked us to do today.)
Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” He said.
They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see Me.”
(Far from being hard to find, Jesus reveals Himself to us
through a juggernaut of relentless and determined pursuit of us to ensure we see Him,
planting Himself right in the midst of our path to ensure we “find” Him.
When Jesus reveals Himself to us as He truly is, the Risen Christ,
our only response is to fall before Him in worship!
And His response to us is to reassure us and to send us to others
who also need to be reassured and who need to see Him.
May we be as faithful today as these women were,
first, to look to Christ when He appears to us,
then, to worship Him,
and, then to go and tell the good news of His truths!)
Christ Is Risen!
He Is Risen, Indeed!
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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