The Glory of the Empty Tomb

Matthew 28:1-10:

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

To everyone who reads this: REJOICE! Do not be afraid! Jesus is Risen! Believe in Him! Trust in Him! And GO! Tell everyone you know that their hope and joy and peace and salvation is alive. Glory!


Schweers' Mom said...

He is risen indeed! Happy Easter to you and your family!

Mark said...

Each of our children has a glass jar that sits in the family room. Whenever they are guilty of an infraction, such as a lack of charity or disobedience, they get a red poker chip, signifying sin. Whenever they do something kind or loving for another, they get a white chip. It's a great visual reminder that our actions DO matter.

Some kids naturally accumulate red chips and Easter is one of those occasions to teach a lesson; when they woke up on Easter morning they found their jars empty of red chips and replaced with a note that read "Dear (child), I make all things new. Love, Jesus".

Happy Easter!

Brandon and Jenny said...

Great idea, Mark!