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March 31, 2013
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” – Matthew 28: 1-7
Can you imagine?
A whole city witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
They watched as his body was tortured and as he was persecuted, as they weeped and their hearts broke.
It’s not like there was just one person who witnessed His death, so they couldn’t claim anyone as “crazy”.
Everyone knew that this was a divine miracle, one that they had no choice but to believe.
This God, the one true God, was bigger than any “thought process” the people could conceive. He made their thoughts, their hearts and everything about them and there was no way to deny such truth.
I mean, could you imagine being Mary or Mary Magdalene?
I would probably say, “Girl, did you pick up the mattress and everything? Or did we go to the wrong grave or something?”
But it says an angel came to them and told them, Do not be AFRAID!
Your Jesus? The one whom was crucified? The one whom was laying here as his persecutors laughed?
No, no He is not here any longer for He has RISEN!
The angel came to confirm to their spirits, “No, you are not crazy! Yes- Your King is alive!”
He instructed them to go tell the disciples for Jesus was already on His way to Galilee, on another journey. There was no time to waste.
It seems like every Easter, my mind comprehends this story differently and my heart seems in shock again.
Because He is God.
It is that simple.
God did not send Jesus to die so that we could all mourn His death and be terrified of those who stood against Him- no way!
God sent Jesus to die on the cross for us so that we may all see and know that He is God.
So that we may know that NOTHING is too big for Him.
No tomb will keep our King because He is ALIVE!
Jesus rose from the dead so that we may die to our flesh and truly, truly live.
I know that there are no words to say that will express the gratefulness and joy we should experience when hearing this news and being reminded of His incredible sacrifice.
But I do know that Easter should remind us of the God we serve 365 days a year.
One that is not overcome by death and whom is alive and kickin’ more than ever today.
He has RISEN!!!!!!!!
Happy Easter everyone!
Praying that we all remember that this life is all about serving the risen King.
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