I think one of the amazing and often overlooked thing that occurred on the Sunday morning of Christ’s resurrection is when the women came to the tomb and found it was empty. The stone was moved away, and they went into the empty tomb. Luke records for us (Luke 24:4-8) that they were perplexed about the situation. All of a sudden, there were two men that immediately appeared and started talking to them. Luke records that they were in dazzling apparel. We are told in the other gospels that they were angels of the Lord. Each gospel writer gives a little bit of a different story and detail to the event. What is amazing to me is this: Mary and Mary Magdalene were not taken back or surprised about speaking to the angels, they were more concerned about where their Lord was. As a follower of Jesus Christ, the allure of the mysterious, emotional, and angelic is not what should enamor us. The love, presence, and relationship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, must be our consuming passion! It obviously was for these women! What an example they are to us.
For me, the greatest and neatest part of Easter, is Sunday morning. With all the horrendous activity that our Lord went through for us, it makes Sunday the most wonderful day! I love happy endings! Nothing can compare to the ending of Easter Week! The ending of Easter Week is actually the Beginning! We worship on the first day of the week, every week, because He arose! He is The Resurrection and the Life! Are you alive in Christ? Do you make the first day of the week significant for His sake?
With the greatest holiday approaching, I hope to get you thinking about the greatest event that ever occurred. It is the Gospel Message, the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah, 600 years before it ever happened, told us that He would be “despised and rejected by men”. This is the Son of God, the Creator, and the created are going to reject Him! Wow! And sure enough, 600 years later we read in the Gospel of Matthew, “And plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill Him.” (Matthew 26:4) Imagine being one of the crowd, one of the conspirators to plot and desire the murder of Jesus, The Son of God!
But your sin and my sin is why He came and “laid down” His life! (2 Corinthians 5:21) He loves you so much that He took the abuse of humanity, for your salvation!
May nothing we do ever take away from the glory, praise, and adoration He deserves!