Matthew 27:55 – 28:7
It was now the third day. The man sat in his cave and pondered what he’d seen. He had watched as two men took Jesus’ body, placed it in a nearby tomb and rolled a large stone across the entrance. He was still there when a group of Roman soldiers came and placed a seal on the stone and stayed around to guard it. Why? They hadn’t bothered with any others.
As dawn ushered in the day, a violent earthquake shattered the graveyard stillness. The man shaded his eyes as a being of light dressed in the purest white appeared and rolled away the stone. Astonished, he saw the guards shake vehemently and fall petrified to the ground. Just then, the women who had stood by Jesus’ cross arrived at the tomb carrying spices. One looked inside and retreated in tears.
“Where is He?” She wailed. “Please tell me who has taken Him.”
“Do not be afraid,” the lightning being replied. “I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”
The words reverberated in the man’s head until he heard a thundering boom. CHRISTOS ANESTI – CHRIST IS RISEN!
He rushed out of the cave and ran to the holy city. Many who saw him pass stared in fear and awe, just like the young boy three days ago. He passed into the temple and saw the veil ripped in two. Others like him stood around, gazing at the sight. And then suddenly, Jesus was there, among them, speaking with everlasting love.
“I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. Come, I have prepared a place for you and have come to take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.
Happy Resurrection Day!