On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here; hehas risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:
‘The Son of Man must bedelivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”
Then theyremembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.
It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to theapostles.
But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.
Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves,and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
Jesus had died on the cross on Friday and buried before the Passover holiday began at sunset. The tombhad been sealed and a guard had been posted to keep disciples, zealots, and grave robbers away. Thewomen, friends and followers of Jesus, go to the tomb on Sunday morning to do what could not be doneon Friday evening; they go to the tomb expecting to find everything the way that they left it…
.Whenever we say that, the world changes.Jesus was dead, but now he isn’t. The tomb was full, but now it isn’t. There used to be a bunch of Romanguards, but now there aren’t. Everything has changed in an instant because of those two words. Peter wonders to himself what had happened, but over the course of the next few weeks, he begins tounderstand. Peter and the rest of the disciples meet the risen Christ, speak with him, eat with him, touchhim, even placing their hands inside his wounds, and they begin to understand. In
Peter explains to the world what has happened…
Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism
but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptismthat John preached—
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how hewent around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was withhim.
“We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him byhanging him on a cross,
but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.
He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.
All the prophets testify about himthat everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Peter says “
You know what happened
.” You know what Jesus did. “
We are witnesses of everything that he did
They killed him by hanging him on a cross…
.” There it is again. There are those twowords that change the world. Jesus was dead…
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