He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
So much hope in two little sentences. Two teeny tiny sentences that show so much. Firstly, He is not here. Jesus, who was crucified, and died, is no longer laying in the tomb. Secondly, for he is risen. I can just imagine the look on the women’s faces. What do you mean He is risen? He died. We all saw Him on the cross. Hanging there, bleeding and in pain. And then the last part of the first sentence, as he said. What a tremendous reminder that God keeps His promises. All of them, no matter how impossible they seem. He keeps them. And rising from the dead? Forgiving all of our sins by that rising? What a promise to keep!
And the second sentence, Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Again, a fulfillment of a promise and reiteration that Jesus is no longer dead. He is alive! Halleluiah!!!
How amazing it would have been to be among those women who first went to the Lord’s tomb. To be filled with such sadness and despair, only to find that your worst nightmare has become your greatest joy! To be able to go and actually see the empty tomb. To speak to an angel and hear from his mouth that Jesus is no longer dead! Halleluiah!!!
May everyone have a Happy and Blessed Easter! I pray that we all feel that same joy as the women at the tomb and remember all the promises that God has fulfilled in our own lives.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I say, Rejoice.