Three days after the crucifixion, the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, Mary, Jesus mother, and the other Mary went to look at the tomb where Joseph of Arimathea had buried Jesus’ body. They wanted to anoint and embalm his body, as was the custom.
At that, moment there was a powerful earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled back the stone, and took his seat upon it. His appearance was dazzling like lightning and his clothes were white as snow. The guards shook with terror at the sight of him and collapsed like dead men.
The angel said to the frightened women, “Don’t be afraid, I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here! He has risen, just as he said he would! Come and see the place where he was lying for yourself and go tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead’, you will see him inGalilee.”
The women hurried away from the tomb, afraid, but filled with joy, running to tell the disciples. However, suddenly, Jesus stood before them in their path, and said, “Peace be with you!” They went forward to meet him and, clasping his feet, worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go now and tell my brothers to go intoGalilee and they shall see me there.” ¹
Did you notice the women’s response to the resurrection of Jesus? They were frightened but filled with great joy, running to tell his disciples. When suddenly, they met Jesus on the way, they fell down at his feet and worshipped Him. They were so excited they quickly continued to run to tell his disciples Jesus would meet them inGalilee.
This week I asked myself, “What is my response to the resurrection?” Is my response the same as the women who found the empty tomb?
I am so thankful that God sent His Son into the world to live among us, die on the cross for my sins, rose from the dead, and has given me new life. As a result, I am rejoicing that I can have a personal relationship with Him, the Creator of the Universe and given me the Holy Spirit as a down payment of my inheritance of eternal life.
What is your response to the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Are you full of great joy that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter morning?
What does Easter mean to you?
How are you celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
I would like to hear your responses. Please leave your comments in the comment section.
By Lillian Penner
¹Taken from Matthew 28:1-10