Christ is Risen indeed on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion and burial Christ emerged from the tomb Victorious over death. Jesus is Risen from grave so stood in front of the tomb in the picture. Jesus has conquered death so defeated all His enemies. All believers in eternal live life of resurrection like Jesus Christ forever. So Congratulations and Thank you Jesus for transforming and empowering all the believers in Christ by atonement of Blood giving your life to ransom many.
The angels of God were sent to remove the stone blocking the tomb after 3 days. So Jesus fulfilled prophecy that He will rise again after 3 days of crucifixion and burial. Jesus was confident so Knew His Words concerning His resurrection will come to pass as He foretold the apostles and disciples before His death. Jesus is risen hallelujah!!!
In Matthew 28:1 early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene and other women went to the tomb and saw the stone removed from entrance. So not utterly surprised, shocked, not what anticipated. They stood, gasped and marvelled at the whereabouts of Christ Jesus.
The women recalled how Jesus was buried and the tomb sealed off. So were surprised the stone was rolled away by the angels of God. They could not believe they were watching the empty grave. In fact they brought extra spices to preserve Jesus to maintain Him in pristine conditions. Instead, found the tomb door wide open without Christ inside.
Despite guards watching the tomb Jesus miraculously arose past them. The women were around to embalm Jesus in the tomb to preserve His body. They watched Roman soldiers seal off tomb with biggest stone to prevent removing body. Today the tomb is covered for people all over the world to see God’s miracle Power through Jesus.
They wondered where Jesus disappeared to. 2 So the women came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They took the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him!”3 So Peter and the other disciple started running for the tomb. Peter and John plus others present saw Jesus was brought into tomb after crucifixion for burial.
They also recalled the sad times when Jesus was brought in and left for dead. They could not comprehend all that Jesus told them that He will Rise Again after 3 days. Although they saw Jesus raise Lazarus, the widow of Nain’s only son on the way to the cemetery, Talitha the little girl raised from death, among many others yet could not understand Jesus.
Unsure of own fate after witnessing brutalities Romans meted to Jesus, it was time of mourning, deep sorrow, grief. Sad Jesus is Perfect so did not need such treatment. On hearing Jesus arose from the dead, Peter and John run fast to see for themselves by going to burial site. Peter and John challenged each other to see who will arrive first before the other.Peter impulsive thought he could run faster than John. 4 So the other disciple outran Peter and reached tomb first.
Peter was surprised he could not run fast enough. So the other disciple looked first while Peter watched then went in after him. 5 Peter came behind him and went into the tomb, The Gospel of John records tomb visit in John 20:1-10. When Peter arrived, he stooped over and looked in and saw the linen cloths lying in empty grave. Strips of linen used as bandages in preparing body for burial. Peter saw grave clothes without body inside so the whole point is Jesus body was missing
Peter bent over and looked at strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6. He saw the linen lying there 7 and cloth wrapped around Jesus’ head. Simon saw the cloth lying in place, separate from the linen. 8 The disciple who reached the tomb first went in, saw and believed. 9 They did not understand from Scripture Jesus had to rise from the dead. They were pleasantly amazed Jesus rose from dead so conquered death. So found Jesus left the grave clothes behind him.
10 The disciples went back to where they were staying. 11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They took my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” 2 angels outside tomb and other angel inside told to Peter and John Chris arose.
14 She turned and saw Jesus standing there but did not realize it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary” She turned to him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher.” 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to Father God yet in heaven.
Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father, your Father, my God and your God.’”18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen and spoken to Christ the Lord. The disciples and apostles remained in the Upper room as Jesus commanded them. To wait until He resurrected to visited them to give them further instructions. So Mary Magdalene went back to tell others in Upper room she spoke to the resurrected Jesus.
Easter song perfectly sums up Victory Christ won for all people over death and sin forever sang as follows :-
Thine be the Glory, RISEN, Conquering Son; endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away, kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son, Endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won.
Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb; Lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom; let the Church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing; for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life; life is naught without thee; aid us in our strife; make us more than conquerors, through thy deathless love: bring us safe through Jordan to thy home above.
Meter: 10 11 11 11 with Refrain
Edmond Budry (1854-1932), 1884; trans. Richard Hoyle (1875-1939), 1923; © 1925. World Student Christian Federation. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Music: Maccabeus (adapted from the oratorio by Georg Friedrich Handel, 1685-1759)