He has risen indeed!
He is risen. 7:07 am my phone started buzzing with that message. My friends were texting me to remind me about the greatest thing to ever happen on this planet. It’s a message that was slow to be accepted on that first Sunday morning. Mary of Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of James and John. The ladies came to Joseph’s tomb that Joseph used on the Friday before in which to lay the body of their master and teacher Jesus to rest. the borrowed tomb was sealed with a large stone and the sealed with an official seal and guarded by soldiers.
The ladies had prepared burial spices but ran out of time on Friday. Sunday morning they went to the tomb, on the way they discussed how they would roll the stone out of the way but when they arrived the stone had been rolled away. There were angels at the tomb and they asked the ladies, “why do you seek the living among the dead?”
“Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”’
Matthew 28:5-10 – NLT
You can’t hug a ghost. The ladies hugged Jesus.
Jesus met with and walked and talked with 2 of his disciples on the road to Emaus. After he left them they ran back to other disciples to tell them that they had seen Him.
When they got there Jesus showed up in the room.
“Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet. Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched. Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.”
Luke 24:35-48 – NLT
I am a little late to the party, Jesus left the earth about 2000 years ago to prepare a place for me and you if you believe in him and received him as your savior. I am late to the party but I am also a witness to the resurrection. I boldly state with my friends that started dinging my phone this morning, HE HAS RISEN INDEED!