He is risen, Hallelujah! Our Easter scripture is Matthew 28:1-6.

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.“

“He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.” Why then are we amazed? Jesus told us exactly what was to come and yet we still have trouble believing. Nothing like this has ever happened before or since.

Jesus knew we couldn’t conceive of anything this fantastic, so He told us what was to come. It certainly wasn’t what anyone expected. The enormity overwhelms us. God has made a way for us to be saved from our sin through the death and resurrection of His only son, and the world will be changed because we believe.

It’s easy to think that this is the end of the story, but it is actually a new beginning for all of us. We have always been part of the story, but now we all have a new responsibility. Jesus came that we might have life and share God’s love with everyone through all the generations since and all the generations to come until He returns for us. 

Gracious and glorious God, in Your mercy You sent Your son to save us from sin and death. May we go in His name now and forever to tell the world what You have done for us. Amen.

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