“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.” – Matthew 28:6
On the first Easter morning, a group of women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. There was no doubt in their minds that Jesus was dead. They saw Him die on Friday and they even saw Him buried. Yet, when they arrived on Easter Sunday, the tomb was empty. Immediately, they were alarmed.
Can you imagine how you would feel if you took flowers to the grave of a loved one, two days after the funeral, only to find the grave had been dug up, the casket open, and the body gone? Terrifying! But an angel said to them, “He is not here. He is risen.” The angel reminded them that Christ had said He would be killed and rise again. The women believed. How about you?
If Christ did not rise from the dead, He was a fraud and certainly not a great prophet or teacher. Or, He did what He said He’d do–conquer death–to save you and me for all eternity.
What do you believe? All of Christianity rises and falls on the resurrection. I believe He rose victoriously from the grave, and hope that together, we will all celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ as we shelter in place this year. Easter can never be cancelled!