When Jesus was crucified, it was necessary for his burial to take place very quickly. The Sabbath was approaching and it was required that no work take place on that day. So the scripture relates to us that he was placed in a borrowed tomb, one that had been prepared for Joseph of Arimathea. The Jews were aware of the claim that Jesus would be resurrected from the tomb, therefore a heavy stone was rolled in front of the entrance of the tomb and guards were put in place to keep an eye on the tomb of Jesus.
Here is how the story unfolds in Matthew...
"After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men. But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you.” So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news. Just then[a] Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”
I can't even imagine how those women felt on that day. On that Friday they had seen their Lord crucified and were full of sorrow. They knew the rest of the story, yet they were so full of sadness for the loss of the One they had followed. When they arrived at that tomb on that first Easter Sunday they still were shocked to find it empty and when the angel said those words..."just as He said"...I'm sure there was a flood of emotions that came over them. Tears of joy and excitement to tell others what they had seen. Then to top it off they actually met up with Jesus on their way to tell the disciples. Oh my goodness...as they fell at His feet to worship Him...I would imagine that their hearts were beating 90 miles a minute.
If we could just grasp the excitement of those women on that day and have that same joy in our hearts everyday....what a difference our outlook on our lives would be. God bless each of you on this blessed and joyful Easter morning.
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