Sunday, April 24, 2011

An Empty Tomb

Good Morning, Afternoon, Evening to all and Happy Easter. Today is the day that we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. My son and I spent the evening last night watching the Ten Commandments. That has been a tradition of my family for many, many years. As each year passed and I watched again and again, I understood more and more about Jesus, suffering, and having the faith of a mustard seed.

Wanted to share with you a portion of a story that I lifted from Awesome If you do not subscribe to them you really should. Each month you are sent stories, clips, and video links from history. It is an Awesome resource. lol. The hot links will take you to photos, paintings, definitions, maps or video clips. Enjoy.

This chapter is An Empty Tomb


After Jesus was buried, religious leaders wanted to make sure no one stole his body. They went to Pilate and said:
We remember that while he was still alive the deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.' So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.
Pilate agreed to their demands.
"Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how." So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
On Sunday morning, the first day of the week, some of the women went to look at the tomb. They found it empty, with the stone rolled away. The guards had been frightened "and became like dead men."
Calling some of the disciples, the women returned to the tomb. Mary Magdalene stayed behind when the others went back to their homes. Looking inside the tomb, she:
...saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’
Never expecting to see Jesus again, Mary Magdalene responds:
‘They have taken my Lord away...and I don’t know where they have put him.’ At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize it was Jesus.
Jesus asked her:
Why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?
Thinking he was the gardener, she asked Him to tell her where the body was so she could retrieve it. Not until Jesus said,
did she realize who He was.
Trying to touch Jesus, Mary Magdalene reached out for him. Jesus reproached her:
Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.

Further reading helps me to understand that Jesus had to ascend to Heaven so that the Comforter could come, The Holy Spirit.  This is a day of rejoicing and celebration. If you are a believer, praise God, if not search your heart to find what it has to show you. If you invite God to enter into your life, He will. There is no way that you will be able to come in contact with the Lord, and remain the same.

Happy Easter and all praises unto the Risen King.
Until then.

1 comment:

  1. He is risen, He is risen indeed. I never, never tire of this wonderful message. Thanks for your witness. All praise to God for His most precious gift in our Lord and Savior, the forgiveness of sins and the certainty of life eternal with Him and all believers. The best is yet to come.