|SCRIPTURE TEXT: “He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as He said would happen. Come, see where His body was lying.” –Matthew 28: 6|
This Good News reverberates around the world today just as joyfully as it was spread from disciple to disciple on that first Easter morning. Matthew captures some of the excitement and awe which characterized this day of days:
“When Sabbath was over, just as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary from Magdala and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. At that moment there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven, went forward and rolled back the stone, and took his seat upon it. His appearance was dazzling like lighting and his clothes were white as snow. The guards shook with terror at the sight of him and collapsed like dead men. But the angel spoke to the women, “Do not be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here – He is risen, just as He said He would. Come and look at the place where He was lying. Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead…” Then the women went away quickly from the tomb, their hearts filled with awe and great joy, and ran to give the news to His disciples. But quite suddenly, Jesus stood before them in their path, and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ And they went forward to meet Him and, clasping His feet, worshipped Him.”–Matthew 28:1-9
The women came to the tomb expecting to find a cold corpse. Instead they were found by the Living Jesus. Their hearts were filled with sorrowful memories of Him dying in weakness. And Christ delights to surprise them with His resurrection strength and joy. They believed that Jesus had been defeated by Satan and by death. Instead, He showed them that He had conquered both. The husk of His humanity could contain the Divine Son of God no longer. In the grave, God touched Him. He burst through the limitations of His manhood and revealed Himself for Who He was: the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; the Victorious One: the Saviour of the world. And so with confidence we testify that our Redeemer lives!
SOURCE: APPROACHING EASTER: MEDITATION FOR LENTSalt and Light Ministries
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