Luke 24:1-12 NLT
“But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.” Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.”
It’s Easter Sunday, the celebration of Jesus’ rise from the tomb where he was placed after his death on the cross. The story of Jesus’ death has always been so powerful, because He showed the ultimate symbol of love by sacrificing himself for the actions of others. But what is even more powerful, is his resurrection from his death. We all know, that once you’re dead, you’re dead. So for someone to be brought back to life is absolutely mind-blowing. The passage speaks on how many people were in disbelief when they heard the news, and honestly I probably would’ve been one of them until I saw it for myself. But we live in a time where there is no way we would’ve gotten to experience what actually happened on that day, but it’s amazing to get to experience God’s presence in our everyday lives here and now. I’m so grateful to know Jesus, and to believe in the power of the sacrifice he made so that we can have a deeper relationship with God. I hope that you are all surrounded by family and friends on this Easter Sunday, and that we all remember the passion and power that gives this day such a beautiful meaning!