Early on that first Easter Sunday morning, a group of women, including Mary Magdalene, went to the tomb where Jesus had been laid to rest so that they could put spices on his body to keep it from smelling. As they arrived at the tomb, the women were surprised to discover the large stone securing the entrance to the tomb had been rolled away. Suddenly, two men dressed in white robes appeared in the tomb. The men said “He is not here! He has risen just as he said.” The women were bewildered and frightened but recalled what Jesus had told them.
The women left the tomb to inform the disciples about what they had seen. The other disciples did not believe the women so Peter and John ran to the tomb only to find it empty with the exception of a few strips of cloth lying in it. Upon seeing the empty grave, Peter and John believed that Jesus had risen. They returned home to share the news of Jesus’ resurrection.
Mary stayed at the tomb, overcome with grief. She did not recognize Jesus as He appeared before her and asked, “Why are you crying? Who is it you’re looking for?” Thinking he might be the gardener, Mary told him, “If you took Jesus’ body away, please tell me where he is so I can go see him.” It was then Jesus said to her “Mary!” She recognized Him immediately. She then informed the disciples of what had happened and what she’d seen. She believed she had seen Jesus alive.
He Has Risen Indeed!
The Devotional Guy™
There Was No
a poem by Stewart Henderson (20th-century poet)
There was no grave grave enough
to ground me
to mound me
I broke the balm then slit the shroud
wound round me
that bound me.
There was no death dead enough
to dull me
to cull me
I snapped the snake and waned the
to lull me
to null me.
There was no cross cross enough
to nil me
to still me
I hung as gold that bled, and bloomed
a rose that rose and prised the tomb
away from Satan’s wilful doom
There was no cross, death, grave
to hold me.