He is not here, He is risen, just as He said


Scripture Reference:  Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-21:25.

After the Romans had crucified Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea had Christ‘s body placed in his own tomb. A large stone covered the entrance and soldiers guarded the sealed tomb. On the third day, a Sunday, some women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna and Salome are all mentioned in the gospel accounts) went to the tomb at dawn to anoint the body of Jesus.

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A powerful earthquake took place as an angel from heaven rolled the stone back. The guards shook in fear as the angel, dressed in bright white, sat upon the stone. The angel announced to the women that Jesus was no longer in the tomb, “He has risen, just as he said.” Then he instructed the women to check the tomb and see for themselves. Next he told them to go tell the disciples. 

With a mixture of fear and joy they ran to obey the angel’s command, but suddenly Jesus met them on their way. They fell at his feet and worshiped him. Jesus then said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see me.”

When the guards reported what had happened to the chief priests, they bribed the soldiers with a large sum of money, telling them to lie and say that the disciples had stolen the body in the night.

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the women near the tomb and afterwards at least twice to the disciples while they had gathered at a house in prayer. He visited two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and he also appeared at the Sea of Galilee while some of the disciples were fishing.

13 comments

  1. I always loved Easter, but it took me into a big part of my adulthood before I realized what his sacrifice meant. The immense love of dying for me is overwhelming and gift-giving at the same time.
    Loved your post and talk soon. Thanks for re-tweeting my request!
    Fran

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    1. Thanks so much Fran. Your kind words are greatly appreciated. You are absolutely correct, Jesus’ love for the human race is unfathomable. The Scripture says, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

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  2. Hey Noel,

    Wonderful post. Sorry I am a day late, but we had a busy, busy, and Happy Easter! You did this very well my friend, could not have done it better myself! Now all we have to do is “trust in what Jesus did do for us!” Thanks for the post and hope this leaves you having had a wonderful Easter! God Bless, SR

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