There 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. His
appearance was like lightening, and his clothes were
white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that
they shook and became like dead men. The angel said
to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that youare looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here;
he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place
where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He
has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you intoGalilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
Matthew 28:2-7 NIV
This morning I sit on the edge of my bed awaiting the Easter sunrise. While I do not expect to physically see an angel sitting on the stone rolled away from the empty tomb, the lens of my heart is zoomed into the tomb’s entrance, the folded grave clothes and the message of our Risen Savior.
Over the past year I have been afraid as I watched cancer ravage my baby sister’s life. But the message of the empty tomb is “Do Not be afraid.”
The message of the empty tomb is joy unspeakable. He is risen! The message of the empty tomb is a Living Savior, not a dead God. He is risen! The message of the empty tomb is that all are invited to come and see. He is risen! The message of the empty tomb is that we are to go and tell others. He is risen!
God is not dead! Christ is not buried! He is raised just as He promised. Therefore, I can trust Him. I can believe that He will accomplish everything He has promised. I can live in joyous expectation of the day my eyes will behold Him face to face.
So I invite you this morning, you who may never have looked into the empty tomb, you who may be walking in fear of the future, you who have been shattered by the cares of this life… I invite you to come and see the empty tomb and meet the risen Savior.
His name is Jesus. He waits for you with outstretched arms. Come and see—then go and tell. He is risen!