(Matthew 28:1-10)
This semester has brought a whole new appreciation for me regarding this small section of the Resurrection story of Jesus Christ, regarding the women who were the first ones to realize that Christ was no longer dead. In today’s American supposedly liberated culture, we might just pass over this story as just another bit of information. But, if you take time to study the culture that this story comes from, it opens up to the amazing piece of God’s grace that it is. Within the historical Jewish culture, women had no power within the courts, so we should take notice when the first account of the resurrection comes from a group of women.
Imagine the women- Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, they are walking to the tomb where their Lord had been laid to rest. They are in full mourning. Tears stream down their cheeks as they walk towards the tomb that is surrounded by guards. They had seen just the night before the large stone that had been rolled in front the tomb, the stone that was sealed with the mark of Pilate.
Suddenly the ground shakes, making the women stumble, nearly falling to their knees. They look up to see the large stone rolling away from the tomb and upon it sat a heavenly being. His radiance light up the early morning brighter than the raising sun, wearing a robe that was white as snow. The soldiers had fainted from the sheer terror of facing an angel. But the angel turned turned to the women who were shaken as well and said,

 “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, H 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.”
      Imagine their joy and their confusion at hearing that their teacher and their savior was alive. But at the same time they are fearful, could it actually be real? Could Jesus Christ truly be alive? So great their excitement, they gather their skirts into their hands and Mary Magdalene and Mary ran to tell the disciples that their Lord had risen.
      Then, as they were running suddenly the very Man they were rejoicing appeared to them upon the road they were running down. Jesus Christ appeared before the startled women and said, “Greetings!” And the women fell at his feet, grabbing onto them in their love and worshiped their risen Lord.  And Jesus told them “Do not be afraid. GO and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.” 
    Can you not see these women? See the excitement that welled within their souls, at the knowledge that Christ their SAVIOR had risen?
     My dear friends, our Savior is NOT in the tomb! He has RISEN! Rejoice and be glad because our LORD SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST has RISEN! On this Easter remember the joy that these women felt when they found out that the Man that they followed was indeed the Son of God, and that He had died for them.
     Happy Easter everyone. Our Lord Jesus Christ has risen!



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