Happy week before Easter! There’s much to be thankful for as we remember Jesus’ death and celebrate his resurrection.
Our younger daughter is flying in from college tonight and will be home with us for several days. I’ve already received her list of requested meals and my grocery shopping list is ready to go!
Each Easter morning, I read about the resurrection in Matthew 28. Let’s look at verses 5 through 8 and see what the angel said to the women who came to the tomb looking for Jesus’ body.
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.
As I looked at those verses, I found three lessons we can learn from what the angel said to the women.
1. God always keeps His Word.
Did you catch what the angel said? “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.“
In Matthew 16:21, we read, “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.“
Even his enemies remembered that he predicted his resurrection! Matthew 27:62-63 says, “Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.“
Jesus told his followers that he would die and rise again…and he did. And just as he was true to his word then, so he is in our lives today. We can know that he will keep every promise we find in our Bible.
2. God wants us to share with others what we’ve experienced.
“And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead.“
The women weren’t to keep the good news to themselves! They were to go and tell others.
Do we tell others the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection? Pray for opportunities to share your faith.
Let’s share the gospel and even beyond that, let’s encourage our fellow believers. Tell someone your salvation testimony. Share with Christian friends what God has done and is doing in your life. Build each other up in the faith by talking about spiritual things.
3. We have the promise of seeing Jesus one day.
“Behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.“
The angel assured the women that they would see Jesus again. Now you and I won’t see Jesus here on earth, but we do know that, if we’re saved, we’ll see him in Heaven. Remember John 14:2-3?
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.“
In Revelation 21:2-5, we get glimpses of what it will be like when we’re with him.
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.“
On Monday, I listened to a podcast about celebrating Easter. One of the hosts mentioned that in the church where she grew up, they opened the Easter service with the choir singing The Hallelujah Chorus. I thought I’d finish today’s post with some of those lines.
The kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever.
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and He shall reign forever and ever.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We have so much to celebrate this Easter!!