28:1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.Matthew 28:1-10
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Whether your church is empty, full, or partially full this weekend, today we remember and celebrate the empty tomb. My prayer today is similar to the one I prayed last Easter: may those who follow Jesus be filled with a boldness to proclaim our hope in Him with a confidence and boldness that stems from the work of our Risen Lord in our lives. May we not live in fear, but rather look for the work of our Savior in every circumstance.
Today, may you find hope in Jesus’ resurrection, that moment when God began to make all things new, bringing new hope, new life, and restoration.
Χριστός Ανέστη. Christ is risen.
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