Last week, on Good Friday, we remembered the massive sacrifice Christ made for us when He died on the cross. There are no words to describe the darkness that overcame the earth that day. But, for those of us who believe, we know and celebrate that the story did not end there! Here’s what the gospel of Matthew tells us happened next:
Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him 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 has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. –Matthew 28:1-9
Can you imagine the shocking awe that Jesus’ friends, family and followers felt when they saw Him walking and talking again after believing that He was dead? They couldn’t help but to fall at His feet in worship and adoration. While Jesus’ resurrection happened long ago, He is just as alive today as He was on that first Easter. What wonderful news!
We celebrate Easter and the resurrection not only because it is Christ’s story, but also because it is our story when we put our faith in Him. WE are alive because HE is alive!
Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. –Romans 6:4-11
Friends, let us never grow tired of hearing that He is risen! For us who have put our faith in Christ, there are no sweeter words than these. Who will you share the good news of Christ’s resurrection with today?