“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.”
Easter Sunday is the day when we remember that Jesus rose from the dead.
Can you imagine how fearful, how distraught, Jesus’ followers must have been when they saw Him dead? I imagine they could not believe what was happening when he was arrested. His death must have left them in a state of shock.
It’s not surprising that it took a while for them to believe that He was alive again, that some of them could not believe it until they saw Him walking and talking. Even though He had told them it would happen, they did not understand what was happening.
He was dead. But then He was alive again, just like He promised!
In our lives we face times of difficulty, times when it seems that God is not hearing us, times when we are desperate and afraid. We may be tempted to allow despair to take hold in our hearts. But Jesus has conquered death and sin and despair.
The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate promise of God’s permanent triumph. Evil and fear may appear to win in the short term. But the final victory, in heaven and on earth, belongs to Jesus.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC