The tomb is empty, He is risen!
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”]
The death and resurrection of Jesus is, not only, the greatest historical event in history… it was the reconciling of a torn relationship between man and God. Yes, our sins are paid for, and we get eternal life with Him… but through Him, we also get the full life that has been promised us. It’s a life where we have a permanent connection to the Father, and an assured mediator who sealed the new covenant on our behalf. It’s also a life where we get to be ambassadors of that same risen King, and we get the help of the promised Holy Spirit to go and to represent Him well.
Praise God, Jesus is alive!