Good Friday had come and gone. Jesus, God’s own son, had been rejected as the Messiah and crucified. Darkness had covered the earth in the middle of the day for three hours. A sudden split in the curtain separating the Holy of Holies from the common man created quite a stir amidst the temple priests. And an earthquake shook the area, causing rocks to split and graves to open. Many bodies of saints who had gone to their rest were raised. A centurion guard had even exclaimed, “This man really was God’s son!” (Matthew 27:54) Certainly the day was to go down in history as one to never be forgotten.
I imagine on that following Sabbath day one would have heard many conversations concerning the previous day’s events. Many of Jesus’ followers’ hearts were no doubt broken, causing reactions ranging from shock and tears to quiet contemplation of time spent with Him. What a sad day indeed.
Oh, but the story doesn’t end there.
A glorious Sunday followed those two dark days! Very early that morning, the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee came to the tomb where Jesus lay. They had prepared spices to place on the body of their Savior. Perhaps they were wondering how they would get inside, for there had been a large stone placed in front of the tomb by the Roman guards. Jesus had claimed He would be raised in three days, so the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pilate to secure the tomb until the third day. (Matthew 27:62-66)
To their surprise, they found the stone rolled away. This was a very heavy stone and would have required many men to move it. They entered the tomb but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. How perplexed they were! Suddenly there stood before them two men in dazzling clothes. Terrified, they bowed down to the ground. The men asked, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, for HE IS RISEN! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and rise on the third day’?”
And they remembered His words.
The women were then instructed to go quickly and tell the disciples that Jesus had been resurrected from the dead. Hurrying on in both fear and great joy, the women went to tell the things they had seen.
Just then Jesus himself met them and said, of all things, “Good morning!”
How would you have reacted? They fell at His feet and worshipped Him. Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee and they will see me there.”
My own heart beats excitedly as I type this narrative. The words “He is risen” are significant because no other god can claim that. I hope your heart leaps too. Jesus is the only God who has risen from the dead.
“He is Risen” means you and I can have a relationship with the God of the universe. “He is risen” means Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave so we no longer have to fear them. Hallelujah!
Do you know this risen savior?
Would you like to? Please let me know in the comments and I will show you how.
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