Did You Hear?
Someone in New Berlin won the Powerball lottery ticket worth $768.4 million. Your sister just had her first birthday. Christian Yelich just hit 3 home runs in one game. When someone has good news to share, they get excited and cannot keep it to themselves.
On the first Easter morning, some women heard news that was so wonderful, they could keep it to themselves. Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to the tomb of Jesus at dawn to complete the anointing of his body. On the way, there was a violent earthquake. Wondering who might roll the large stone away from the entrance, they were extremely surprised to see it gone from the entrance. Looking into the tomb, they saw an angel who said to them, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”
The sight of the angel startled them and brought fear, but the message of the angel changed their lives forever. The Savior, Jesus, whom they loved dearly and believed to be the promised Savior, was alive. He had told them he would suffer, die, and rise again. But the sorrow over his death clouded their thinking so much that they had forgotten his promise to rise from the dead. Now the joy returned instantly. They hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples the awesome news. Jesus is alive! He who promised to suffer and die for the sins of the world rose from the dead just as he said. Now they had to share this wonderful news!
Sunday, we too will have the opportunity to see our risen Savior through his all-powerful Word. Jesus suffered, died, and rose on the third day to pay for our sins. Our living Savior promises that he will also raise us from the dead. On the Last Day, we will physically join our loved ones who have gone before for an eternity in the glories of heaven! May the peace and joy of Easter be with us all!