It was the early hours of the first day of the week after the Sabbath. The ladies became very busy in getting ready to go to the tomb of the Lord Jesus to dress Him with spices. The air was filled with gloom over the sudden crucifixion of their beloved Master. The tomb was far away in the outskirts of the city of Jerusalem. The women who went wondering on who will help them roll the stone that covered the tomb, were in a shock as they saw the stone already rolled away.
They rushed into the tomb at once, just to see it all empty. The body of their Lord was not there. As they stood there, shocked and bewildered at all that had happened, they suddenly saw a young man, dressed in white.
And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. Mark 16:6,7
This is the message of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. He is not here. He has risen as He said. The Lord Jesus did everything according to His word.
On the friday evening, the life of the Lord was an example of a tragedy. He was crucified, His disciples were nowhere to be found and finally the high priest seemed successful in eradicating another “false prophet” from Nazareth. But the story took an unexpected turn, in the Lord’s resurrection on the third day of his crucifixion. They were wrong in their own interpretation of the messiah. But God accomplished all the scriptures that pointed their fingers towards the promised messiah, in Jesus of Nazareth.
So, we can be very sure that if we have trusted our life with God, He is faithful enough to fulfill all his promises in life.
Not only that, we can also note that verse 7 shows that God addressed Peter, particularly. Peter denied Jesus thrice and was full of guilt for the same. But the Lord is kind and gracious enough to let him know that He had forgiven him for his sin. This is a profound expression of God’s unconditional love towards a repentant soul, that desperately needs help. Even today, we need not suffer with a guilty conscience because our gracious Lord loves and helps us recover from sinful behaviours.
When we have such a kind and loving saviour may we all submit our lives to Jesus as the Apostle Paul rightly said..
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
May the resurrected Lord Jesus give us peace.
AG Church Kalpakkam, 2017© | Rev J James Alaman | Senior Pastor