In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
-Matthew 28:1-10, KJV
Easter or Resurrection Sunday is in many ways the ultimate of Christian holidays. Why would I say that? It is the culmination of the faith where one of the fundamental aspects of our faith is put on display boldly, the resurrection of Christ.
In the week prior, Jesus spends His time in Jerusalem. It begins with a triumphant entry on Palm Sunday where the people are screaming His name on the street. It ends on Friday with His sacrificial murder at the hands of the very people He came to save. On that third day, Christ reminds us that all the promises He made are true by coming back. He appears before women at His tomb. He appears before the Eleven remaining apostles. He then teaches them for a time, eats with them, talks with them, spends quality time with them before His ascension back into Heaven.
This is the thing which makes Jesus Christ different from all the figures we’ve discussed this week as Jesus is perfect. His plans never fail. He never falters. He is infallible, perfectly empowered as Almighty God Himself made flesh to dwell among men. While He is perfect in power, He also is human and felt emotion, pain, and the sting of death just as we do. And then to remind us of His divinity, that He never fails – He came back, resurrected in glory!
If you want to learn more about this Christ, this man in whom we place our faith – ask a fellow believer, pick up the Bible, or head to a church this Easter Sunday.
May you have a blessed Easter and may the Lord Jesus Christ fill you, our readers, with the hope He can truly provide.