The angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. For 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 indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee, you will see him there. Listen, I have told you.” So departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell his disciples the news. ~ Matthew 28:5-8 (NIV)
What is so wonderful about the celebration of Easter is how the story of Jesus is not over. On the contrary, it’s only the beginning. It’s a new beginning for all of us. It’s a new beginning to live our lives with hope. To live a new life forgiven of our sins. A new life to walk with God. This is why these four simple words, “He is not here,” excite us. It is the prophecy coming to life! It is a fulfilled promise of God.
We encourage you today to be like the women and run with great joy to spread the good news, “He is Risen Indeed!” Easter may look and feel different for you and your family than it has in the past and that’s ok. We pray you don’t dwell on what’s missing today but to turn your focus on the exciting news of the empty tomb.
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