Google+ 03/31/13 No More Sorrow, No More Night!

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. 

 

The waiting is over.  The grieving is finished.  All doubt has been wiped away.  Jesus is Risen!!!  Today, let's live each line of this wonderful Scripture with both Marys.  I am so proud of them.  Early in the morning, the day after the Sabbath, where are these two wonderful ladies?  They are at the tomb of Jesus.  The message here is that they only saw a miracle because they showed up!  No one else was there except the Roman guards.  Where were all those "temple-dwellers" from yesterday?  Holy Week should have been a major "spotlight" moment for all of us.  Jesus has separated the sheep from the goats as He said He would.  All of the shallow, peer-pressure driven, bandwagon-jumping people have been moved to the "goat side" of the world by their own design.  The have requested "non-God seating" in the main dining room and Jesus, the Maitre D', has accommodated their request.  The two Marys have requested "God seating in the front row" and boy are they about to see the show!  No sooner are they "seated," the show starts with an earthquake, an angel, and special effects.  The immovable stone is rolled away to reveal the empty stage that no one expected, but was foretold.  The angel comforts and proclaims.  First, the ladies are admonished not to be afraid.  I am very glad that the first words out of the angel were comforting.  I can only image what these two wonderful ladies were thinking.  Like the Pharisees from the day before, Mary and Mary were terrified that someone would or had stolen Jesus's body.  The difference is that the ladies were concerned about fulfilling Jewish burial customs for the benefit of Jesus.  The Pharisees, on the other hand,  were trying to protect themsleves from the backlash of the truth that Jesus had spoken.  Then the angel does for the ladies, what Scripture does for all of us.  The angel reminds them that things have occurred exactly has Jesus foretold.  He is not in the tomb.  He is Risen as He said He would.  The angel even invites them into the tomb for "show and tell" so that they can see for themselves.  What an overwhelming moment.  As disastrous as the vision of Christ on the cross was on Good Friday, is this joyous, miraculous Easter revelation that Jesus has Risen from the dead!  Yes, the angel tells us Christ has risen!!!  Easter is not just a Sunday, it is a season, and as it progresses in the next few weeks, we will speak about all that the Bible has to say about the Resurrection, and what we should be doing to celebrate it in our daily lives.  But today, on this Resurrection day, let's simply stop and enjoy the miracle with the ladies.  No more sorrow, no more night.  Jesus is Risen indeed!!!