Archive for April 24th, 2014

He is Risen

April 24, 2014

One’s perspective can make all the difference.

Matthew 28:1-10

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

I.  The Angel

Can you even imagine what an honor it was to be the one to give the news of the resurrection?  He begins with the words,”Do not be afraid”.  Most accounts of angels include similar words, apparently there is something about their appearance that can cause fear.  As believers, we do not need to be afraid.  God is with us.

See… and tell… The women are invited to see for themselves and to tell the disciples.  We too, are encouraged to see and tell.  The traditional Easter greeting of Christianity is for one person to say “He is risen.”  and for the other person to respond “He is risen indeed!”  We may not be able to look at an empty tomb, but we are able to see the evidence of lives changed by the power of the Risen Lord.

II.  The Guards

The guards were present when the stone was rolled away.  They also responded with fear but they “became like dead men”.  When they were able to move, they went and told the priest what had happened.  The religious leaders paid them money to tell a lie about what had happened.  Even though they had been eyewitnesses of the resurrection, they did not bear witness to the truth.  They truly were spiritually dead.  They were witnesses, but they did not truly believe.

There are people today who see the power of the gospel to change lives, but they do not believe for themselves.  Their spiritual eyes remain closed and they do not comprehend the truth.

III.  The Women

The women were initially afraid, and then filled with a great joy.  They ran to share the news of the resurrection.

Initially, people may approach the risen Lord with a certain amount of fear and apprehension.  It is new.  It may be frightening.  However, to those who believe, it is a message of great joy.  As Christians we can believe in the power of God, not only to help us in this life, but to give us hope of a life to come.  We, like the women, should run to share the news.

Someone has brought the message of the risen savior to us.  We can be like the guards and not truly believe, and help to spread a lie: or we can be like the women and be filled with the great joy that comes from knowing that our savior lives!

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