Luke 24:1-12, “Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.  Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee’, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’  And they remembered His words.  Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.  It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.  And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.  But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.”

Jesus was betrayed, Jesus died and now today, I will be covering the risen Lord.  Jesus did not stay in the tomb long.  He lived, died and then came back to life to make the full circle of His ministry on Earth.

After the death of Jesus, the next day was the Sabbath.  It was the first day of the week in Jewish calendar.  At a very early time in the day, probably shortly after the sun came up, the women and certain other women came to the tomb to bring spices that they had made.  The spices were made to make the body smell better.  Since the body was not buried in that time, the body would decompose above ground.  This would result in a bad stench coming from the tomb area.  The spices were also to act like preserving agent.

The women approached the tomb but something was off.  The tomb was empty and the stone was rolled away.  Now to understand this, some knowledge is needed of Jewish tombs.  The rock would have been a very heavy stone, much heavier than something that a few people could move.  The tomb would have been cut into a hill and the track that the rock rolled on would have made to go across the opening.  Once the stone was rolled across, it would have been very difficult to move.

That said, since the tomb was open, the women went into the tomb and Jesus’ body was gone.  This would have been very strange and confused the women.  Thoughts of whether Jesus was full dead may have entered their heads or that His body was stolen.  As they were wondering, two men approached the women.  The two men were wearing shining garments and this frightened the women greatly.  The two men inquired why the women were looking for a living person among dead people.  The two men reminded them about Jesus’s words that stated He would die and then rise again.  The women then remembered the words of Jesus.

After this, the women all left the tomb and went to find the 11 disciples to tell them what they saw.  They found the 11 and other followers of Jesus and told them everything they heard and saw.  The women were not believed as if they were telling the people a fictional tale.  Peter, the leader of the group, left to go to the tomb to see it for himself.  In Luke, it says he ran.  He wanted to know the truth quickly.  He found only the linen cloths Jesus was wrapped in and no body.  He saw that the women told the truth.  He was surprised and shocked all at once.  Peter left the tomb.

Jesus is alive.  Jesus was really alive.  Jesus was really dead.  Jesus was really resurrected from the dead.  All of this was to once and for all conquer sin and death.  Jesus had to show that He was all man and all God.  He was and is perfect.  The perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world.  As He was crucified, Jesus died for all the people who were born and all the people who would be born.  Thankfully, Jesus is alive.  He is risen.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You that Jesus is not dead.  He is alive.  He carried our sins far away so that we can be saved.  We are so grateful for the life of Your Son.  We are also grateful for His death.  As we approach Easter, we celebrate time with family but we should be mindful of You, our Father in Heaven and Jesus, Your Son.  We would be lost without You.  Thank You.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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