It was an early Sunday morning, after Jesus’ death, when a sad group of women made their way to His tomb. It hadn’t been that long ago when they watched in horror as their Savior, the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, had been brutally beaten and then crucified. Oh, how their hearts must have been heavy with disappointment, grief and sorrow. But soon their disappointment, grief and sorrow would turn to excitement and joy when they discover that Jesus had risen from the grave and that He was ALIVE!
As Christians today, we must remember that God kept every one of His promises and prophesies regarding the Messiah. For example, Jesus died on the cross before the soldiers decided the break the legs of those being crucified (Ex. 12:46; Ps. 34:20). The Roman soldiers pierced His side with a spear to be certain that He was dead (Isa. 53:5). Jesus was then buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isa. 53:9).
Let’s look into what the Word of God has to say about what took place over 2000 years ago, on that early Sunday morning, when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ conquered death.
Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. (John 20:1-18)
Father God, I thank you daily for my free gift of Salvation. I thank You Lord Jesus for thinking of me personally when You went to the Cross. Thank You Lord Jesus for taking the beating and the nails driven into Your hands and feet that were meet for me. Thank You Lord Jesus for all that You do in my life. You are my Lord of Lords, King of Kings, my Salvation.