A few weeks ago I was feeling too bad to write. When I realized what the passage was, I decided to wait until today to make that day up. He is risen!
Matthew 28; Deuteronomy 9-10; Job 8
On Friday they had put Him in the grave quickly to avoid working on the Sabbath. On this day, they were coming to finish the job of preparing the body of Jesus for His burial. They had the spices they needed. It would be their last act of love and devotion to the one they had called Lord. Perhaps they were hoping that the Roman soldiers would help roll the stone away so they could get in. Then, as they arrived an angel of the Lord rolled the stone away leaving the guards stupefied and the women amazed and terrified. “But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.’” (Matthew 28:5-7) The terror of the ladies turns to disbelief and then joy in an instant. The grave is empty. Suddenly all the Jesus told them began to make sense. As they ran back to tell the disciples, they actually saw Jesus who repeated the instructions to tell the others. The Resurrection is a game changer. No longer is death to be feared. Jesus had conquered death. If Jesus has conquered death, what else do we need to fear? As followers of Christ we celebrate the Resurrection every Sunday when we gather to worship. Still, on Easter Sunday that celebration becomes even more prominent. Jesus gives us the same command today. We are to spread the word among the disciples, those who follow Jesus. At the same time, we are to make disciples by spreading the gospel message to a world that needs a resurrection. Our world is going through all kinds of difficulties today. Let us not be downhearted by the troubles. Let us experience the joy of the Resurrection and the power of God to overcome anything that lies ahead of us.
What an amazing God You are! I pray that as Your child I might experience the power of the Resurrection each and every day. Help me to live each day with the power to overcome any and all obstacles knowing that You have power over all things – even death.