The First Resurrection Sunday
1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Came to see something
Came to serve
Came to stay there
Obstacle 1 removed – the stone
Not matter the size and weight of what might be in your way, Jesus can have it removed
Obstacle 2 removed – the soldiers
Many feared that Jesus’s body would be stolen, so they placed guards to protect the body. When the angel appeared, the battle hardened soldiers fainted.
Obstacle 3 removed – their forgetfulness
Reminded them of:
The past – the Crucifixion
This reminds us that the death of Jesus on the cross is important
The present – they are at the tomb, but Jesus isn’t here
The price has been paid
The promise – His resurrection should not have taken them by surprise
Like us, they had to be reminded that Jesus is working
The proof – the empty tomb
The angel let them see for themselves that Jesus is gone
The plan – go and share the good news
They were to go and seek out the others and give them the news of Christ’s resurrection
He appeared to the women as they went to offer words of encouragement. It shows that anywhere we go in the name of the Lord, he is always there, if we will only take the first step.
They are afraid and excited at the same time; He assured them not to fear and that He will comfort them. Only a living Lord can give a message of comfort, peace and hope.
This was a story that began with a story of life and ended with a lie.
The question is, which is guiding you, the Life or the Lie?