“Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. (Matthew 28:1-8)
What was it that within a few days transformed a band of mourners into the spiritual conquerors of the world? It was not the memory of Jesus’ life; it was not the inspiration which came from past contact with him.
But it was the message, ‘He is risen.’ That message alone gave to the disciples a living Saviour; and it alone can give to us a living Saviour today. (J. Gresham Machen, 1881-1937)
Do you need a living Savior today?
There is only one, and His name is Jesus.
His Spirit transforms the lowliest of mourners. His Spirit, living within transformed mourners, gives life. Life, both in the here and now, and Life in the world to come. He alone is able to do this — for He alone has risen from the dead.
And because He is risen, the words of the angel with an appearance like lightning — so frightening that the strong guards trembled and fainted in fear — are still truth for you today:
“Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.”
Jesus, as announced by angels, as predicted beforehand by his own words, is risen from the dead. Do not be afraid. Rather, seek Him. He, and He alone, is the living Savior you need today!
Mary Magdalene and the Holy Women at the Tomb, James Tissot (1836-1902)