“He is Risen! He is Risen!” The disciples must have been startled as Mary Magdalene, and the other women that were with her, burst through the door. Eyes red from weeping, they stared dumbfounded. Had the events of the last few days been too much for them?
“Come and see! The grave is empty!” Their words tripped over each other in excitement. They chattered about angels at the tomb, the stone was rolled away, the tomb was empty.
The tomb was empty? Peter sprang up and pushed through the door. He would see for himself. Running to the grave, he slowed down when he saw the stone was indeed rolled away. He stooped down to enter the grave. There on the rock ledge lay Jesus’s linen clothes. The napkin that had been wrapped around his head lay off to the side. The tomb was empty. Puzzled, Peter retraced his steps.
Later that evening, when the disciples were gathered together behind closed doors for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them.
“Peace be to you,” Jesus said, holding out his hands for them to see the deep scars.
What joy filled the disciple’s hearts! Jesus was alive!
Jesus is alive! The grave is empty!
Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Cor.16:55
Jesus conquered the last enemy – death. He poured out his blood for a sacrifice for our sin – buried our sin in death – and arose to everlasting life! God’s plan for salvation is complete. A redemption plan that was the ultimate act of love for mankind. God demonstrates his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1
Jesus opened the way for all the world to be saved from eternal condemnation. John 3:16-18. It’s all paid for, all we need to do is accept it. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
If you haven’t done so yet, I encourage you to accept this wonderful gift. You need only ask. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:6
Praise God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
Until next time.