Reading: Matt. 28:1-13, Mark 16:1-14, Luke 24:1-49, John 20:1-33
“But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”Matthew 28:5-6 ESV
On Sunday morning the women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome went to prepare Jesus body for burial. They had laid him in the tomb on Friday but because of sabbath the body had not been properly prepared. As they were going they wondered how they would roll away the stone. But when they arrived the stone was already rolled away. Matthew mentions a great earthquake and the angel sitting on the stone. I cannot imagine walking up to the tomb and seeing the stone rolled away, the angel sitting on top of the stone and the tomb was empty.
The guards had passed out when all of this happened. The angels appearance was like lightening and his clothing was bright white. Have you ever been blinded by the morning sun? I think this was even brighter than that so that they were having to shield their eyes.
“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified, He is not here, for he has risen as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.’” Matthew 28:5-6
Can you imagine that? Being the first people to have heard the news. The most glorious news that He was indeed alive! I hope you are experiencing the risen savior today. The tomb is empty. And because of that we have reason to rejoice and place our hope in Jesus, the resurrected savior!