Jesus has risen!
1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalenep and the other Maryq went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake,r for an angels of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stonet and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.u 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,v for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.w Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.x There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them.y “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothersz to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
How amazing must it have been having thought that your friend, your Saviour, your teacher was dead only to find the tomb empty and an angel there to tell you he has risen from the dead! This would be such joy filled news in itself but they turning to go and tell the other disciples and when on the way to be met by Jesus himself, can you even begin to imagine the joy you would feel!
How wonderful is this truth? We have a Saviour that lives. A Saviour that rose from the dead, having been testified by hundreds of disciples that saw Him, spoke with Him and were taught by Him after he rose!
Knowing that He has risen and sits in heaven waiting for our arrival. How joyful it will be when we too get to see, speak to and live with our Saviour? When you think of it, it is hard to imagine the immense joy we will experience!
Hallelujah! Christ is risen