Matthew 28:6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.
Mark 16:6 but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body.
Romans 6:5-6 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
I know that Easter Sunday has come and gone for this year, but we should never stop celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. This past Sunday, we went to early morning sunrise service. We gathered outside of the church in a vacant field which is the planned area where our new church addition will be built. It was cold…so cold! The temperature was in the forties, but that is nothing unusual for Easter Sunday here. The older people call it the Easter snap. We usually get one last little burst of cold air just before spring really gets sprung into action. We sat out there shivering, but we were gently warmed up by singing praise songs about our resurrected Savior. The sun began peaking through the pine trees in front of us, and our pastor shared the focus scripture of Matthew 28:6. We enjoyed a hot breakfast in the fellowship with our faith family, and then rushed home to prepare lunch. After completing our preparations for lunch, we loaded back into the car to return for morning worship. By that time, the sun was up, and the warmth of the sun could be felt. It wasn’t cold anymore. It was warm. The Son had risen.
I told my husband on the way to church that the temperature change reminded me of how those women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, must have felt on that glorious resurrection day. They went down to the tomb of their dead and buried Messiah to prepare His body with spices. Their Savior had died. He was gone, but they loved Him greatly and wanted to prepare and preserve the body with the typical burial spices and perfumes of the day. It must have felt very cold to them that morning. I bet they even shivered at the thought of their great loss. Their Savior had died, and with Him, perhaps their faith. For the first time since they met and fell in love with Jesus, I imagine that the felt that all hope was lost. Yes, I bet they were cold. I think that their hearts were cold. Their faith was cold. Jesus was dead. But God! Oh, but God! The women made it to the tomb to do their duties of caring for the dead body only to discover that their Savior was no longer there. He had risen from the grave! That cold, dead feeling was no more. Their faith had been restored. Their hope was resurrected. That morning that started out so cold was now full of life because the Son had risen!
One thing that I must point out is that we too have that same opportunity to grasp the love of Christ, hold on to that hope, and keep the faith. Jesus died on that cross for each and every one of us. He could have stepped right down. He could have said no. He could have done a lot of things, but He didn’t. That one extraordinary simple act changed everything! He suffered death on the cross because He knew that His death would bring life to you and to me. Our sins died with Him that day. He was the final sacrificial lamb, and His gracious, loving act of obedience even to death gives each and every one of us unfathomable hope for the future. We are all dead in sin, but we do not have to stay there. We too can be resurrected. We only have to invite the Savior into our hearts, acknowledge that He is Lord, believe that He died for our sins, and confess that He is our salvation.
One fine day, Jesus will return to gather us all home! What a glorious day that will be. Friday wasn’t good. It was a devastating day of death, but just as our Lord promised, He would rise again on Sunday! He did! He is alive! Don’t lose faith and hope, my friends. Hang on! Sunday is coming! The Son is coming again!