Happy Sunday Everyone,
The scripture for today is Matthew 28:6
Matthew 28:6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
To the surprise of the women who had come to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus on the first day of the week, Jesus was not there but an angel. An angel who spoke to them these most wonderful words, “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.” These words express the most powerful work of God on behalf of mankind. The work of redemption was completed, the sacrifice of Christ had been accepted in heaven and God had raised Him from the dead. Now, based on His sinless life and sacrifice, all mankind could be saved and have access to heaven. What wonderful good news for the world!
“He is risen, He is risen! The women repeat the words again and again. No need now for the anointing spices. The Savior is living, and not dead. They remember now that when speaking of His death He said that He would rise again. What a day is this to the world! Quickly the women departed from the sepulcher “with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word.” Ellen White, The Desire of Ages, p. 789
Confusion, fear and perplexity on the part of the disciples was replaced with unspeakable joy as they realized that Christ was not dead but alive. Their hopes which were dashed at His death sprung to life again as they realized that He had risen from the dead. During the life of Jesus, they had witnessed Him raise the dead. They saw many powerful miracles done by Him. Now they receive the greatest miracle of all, Jesus who was dead is alive forever more! All that had been lost to sin had hope in a new beginning. The risen Savior offers the world new life. May we all receive that for which He suffered and died and rejoice in His resurrection.
God bless you as you continue in His service.