"Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who
was crucified. He is not here, he has risen." - Mark 16: 6
Do not be amazed? This is the most amazing news of all time. Jesus, who was
dead; is risen from the dead. What can be more amazing than that? This is the
greatest news the world has ever heard. It defies logic. It defies explanation.
"HE IS NOT HERE, HE HAS RISEN!" This is the news of Easter. It changes the world
and everybody in it. It is truly amazing.
It certainly changed the lives of Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James,
and Salome. On that first Easter morning they came to the tomb to honor their
dead friend. On that morning, they were sad and filled with despair. Jesus had
been their teacher and master. He had been the one promising forgiveness and
life. When he had died, their hope had died as well. Then came Easter, and that
wonderful proclamation, "HE IS NOT HERE, HE HAS RISEN!". Suddenly, their wholes
lives changed. Gone was the sorrow of Good Friday, replaced with the joy of the
resurrection. Gone also was their despair, replaced with the hope of the
resurrection. Easter showed that all of Christ's promises were true.
"HE IS NOT HERE, HE HAS RISEN!" This amazing news is not just about Jesus. It's
about us. Easter shows us that there is life after death. In deed, the words of
Paul ring out on Easter. "Though we have been united with him in a death like
his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his." (Romans
6: 5) This news of Easter changes our view of death, by showing us life. No
longer can we look at a grave, or attend a funeral; without hearing those words.
"HE IS NOT HERE, HE HAS RISEN!"
I remember when I heard the news that my father had died. It was on Palm Sunday.
As I was traveling home, I was filled with sorrow and regret. The next day, we
viewed the body; and I couldn't take it. I went into the waiting room, where
they had a Bible. I opened the Bible, and there was those words. "HE IS NOT
HERE, HE HAS RISEN!" I thought to myself, "That's right. My dad is not here, he
has risen. He has been united with Christ in the resurrection." The Easter
message brought hope and comfort to me on that day, and it will continue to be
my hope and my comfort throughout my life.
"HE IS NOT HERE, HE HAS RISEN!" This is truly amazing news.
Your friend in Christ,