“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so they could go and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?” Looking up, they observed that the stone—which was very large—had been rolled away. When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; they were amazed and alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he told them. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been resurrected! He is not here! See the place where they put Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.’”
So they went out and started running from the tomb, because trembling and astonishment overwhelmed them. And they said nothing to anyone, since they were afraid.” (Mark 16:1-8)
Today is Resurrection Sunday. Today is the culmination of all that transpired during Holy Week. Today is the day we celebrate that there is an empty tomb. Today is the day we celebrate that Jesus was resurrected.
Even some nearly 2,000 years later, it is something that is simply amazing. Death could not keep Jesus in the tomb. The hope of salvation rung out and stepped out of that tomb. We who follow Him now can follow Him into new life. He paid the price for our sins on the cross. Now we get to celebrate in the new life that we have and that will culminate in His return.
It was a shock to those followers who came to the tomb to see there was no body. They were astonished. I imagine if we had been there that Sunday morning that we would’ve had the same emotions and thoughts. It took a while (and several visits from Jesus himself) for it to really sink into their hearts and minds that Jesus had truly risen. And for us, it may take a long time for it truly to sink in what all it means for Christ’s death and resurrection. But the good news is that God is patient with us and loves us.
Today (and everyday) let us celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Let us celebrate the hope that has come from His death and the new life that has come from his resurrection. He is Risen!