Matthew 28:1-7 “After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move.
The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.
“Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ That’s the message.””
Christ was crucified, died, was buried and then after three days He rose from the dead. All events were prophesied and historically documented. The resurrection confirmed the Divinity of Christ. Everything else was done by Christ as the Son of Man; the resurrection was an action by the Son of God. It is the basis for the Christian faith and the remission of sins (1 Corinthians 15:17).
It is the triumph of Christ. The resurrection itself was a hush hush affair even though eventually roughly 500 people saw the risen Lord at once. The celebration of that triumph though was loud, public and a matter of great concern to Christ’s enemies. It was celebrated a full week before it happened. When Christ entered Jerusalem the crowd went wild calling Him the Messiah and celebrating His victory over all. It wasn’t till Christ actually resurrected that He won that victory.
We may not be before God’s throne now, but we can rejoice now. Christ has won the victory; Hallelujah!
Isn’t it good to know the end at the beginning?
Dear Lord, Thank You for winning the victory. Because of Your resurrection I have the hope of eternal life. Teach me to celebrate it. In Jesus name I pray. Amen