“But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales and they did not believe them.” Luke 24:1-12.
“And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” Matthew 28:9
It is hard to believe. The Resurrection of our Risen Lord seems like a fanciful tale to some. It even felt like that to those who had first hand knowledge of Jesus’ predictions about Himself. But we have proof of their validity. Women were the first on the scene reporters for us. Each gospel writer acknowledges this fact. This is an important piece of historical evidence. The testimony of a woman was of no legal value in ancient Jewish society. If the writer’s of the gospels invented these accounts, they would not have included the women’s testimonies. I’m just saying. Each gospel writer records it differently, but that also adds to the validity of these chapters. It proves they did not get together on their stories. It’s like four different people describing a traffic accident. One may have seen it from the north, another from the south, and east, and west. Depending on who they interviewed for these accountings, each gospel writer came at the Resurrection from a different angle. John of course had first hand knowledge of it. He would have been one of the first people the women would have told about the empty tomb.
I say all that to say this. The Resurrection happened. Jesus is Risen! We have eyewitness reporting of seeing the empty tomb and our Risen Savior!
With that said, now catch the awesomeness of each revelation.
In those first few moments, a power of undescribable strength brought life back into a dead man. The earth shook. The magnitude of that second earthquake cannot be registered on a rector scale. An Angel sat on the boulder that was rolled up hill. No man had the strength to throw a boulder of that size uphill. The women wonder who will roll it away from the entrance for them. Problem solved. God had already thought of that. The women see the place where they had last seen Jesus’ dead body and now no body. They are perplexed. Who rolled the stone away? Who removed Jesus’ body? They didn’t know. Remember this is from their side of His Story. Then two men in shining garments appear before them. They are so frightened by this apparition they bow with their faces to the ground.
“So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” Mark 16:8
Jesus told them all in Galilee what was about to transpire, but the events of Friday were so horrific it stole those warnings and promises right out of their minds. “As He said,” the Angels told the women. With their faces to the ground, the dawning of remembrance floated into their thoughts.
Before hand, all these women had were His Words, His warnings and His Promises. We have these evidences after the fact. I never want to get to the place were these events become ordinary to me. I want to read them with the wonder and the excitement that they deserve. A boulder was thrown up hill! Two Angels appeared to them! Why do we look for the living among the dead. Lord, wake up my wonder to all of this.
As they rush to tell the disciples and the others, they meet Jesus the Risen Christ on the way back. I guess everyone had gatherered in one place consoling each other. The women obviously knew where they were, then Jesus breaks into their mission. “Rejoice!” The group rush to hold onto His feet.
Simply stated, these are the facts. After His resurrection Jesus walked among us for 40 days proving His power over death, hell, and the grave.
As He said, “Rejoice!”
The eternity seed God planted inside of every human heart is calling, “Give joy because He is alive. We can face our tomorrows because He lives!” He left us eyewitness reports to the validity of our faith. So when you give joy because of Our Risen Lord, do it once, and then As He said, “Rejoice!” Do it again! Re- a prefix meaning to continually perform an action. So do it a third time “Rejoice!” And when you think you’ve done it enough do it again! “As He said…”
“I passed on to you what I received, of which this was most important: that Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures say; that he was buried and was raised to life on the third day as the Scriptures say; and that he was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles. After that, Jesus was seen by more than five hundred of the believers at the same time. Most of them are still living today, but some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all he was seen by me—as by a person not born at the normal time.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-8 NCV