The Empty Tomb and a Message of Joy-Matthew 28:1-7

Len Addington By Len Addington, 30th Mar 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The women who went to Jesus' tomb to complete the preparation his body for burial were the first to discover his resurrection from the dead. What they experienced changed their lives and history forever.

Matthew 28:1-7.

"Now after the Sabbath, towards the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an Angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. See the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”

The first Sunday after the crucifixion.

On the first of the week, following Jesus crucifixion, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb with the Lord had been laid to rest. As women approach the sepulcher, an Angel of the Lord spoke to them. The Angel knew who they were and why they had come. He also knew they were not expecting what they were about to find.

He gave them three commands: 1) "Do not be afraid." 2) "Come and see the place where he lay." 3) “Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead". The women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy.

"Do not be afraid."

Today, as we learn the good news of Jesus resurrection from the dead we are called upon to obey the same commands. "Do not be afraid." When we first hear the good news, we may feel the same fear or concern, unsure of what it may mean in our lives. We are also called upon to consider the truth of an empty tomb, and the reality of a risen Lord. Finally, we are likewise commanded to go and tell others the good news.

Then and Now

The difference between then, when the angel spoke to the woman, and now, as the Scripture speaks to us, is that we are asked not by an angel but by the Lord Jesus himself. The women learned of Jesus resurrection and only later saw him.

Jesus would later be seen by all the apostles, many disciples, and later by Saul, who became the Apostle Paul. As we read through the New Testament we see how those obedient to the command to go changed the Roman world through their message of a risen Lord. Two thousand years of history show the faith of many who have given their lives to Jesus Christ. As we leave the empty tomb, can we be any less obedient to the command given by the Lord Jesus himself?

A Command and a Promise

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."


Jesus Christ, Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

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author avatar Len Addington
I worked as a Counselor for 40 years. I gave my clients dignity and worth and modeled a life of integrity. I will post articles on careers and counseling and anecdotes.S

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author avatar Glenn Addington
27th Apr 2018 (#)

Good job!! Want to see more Bible articles from your pen. Love ya!

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