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What an amazing way to start the week. When one stops to think how significant it was for Jesus to face and beat death, it is not only a joyful thought, but an empowering one.  The entire world thought the defeat was complete. In fact, many would have argued, it was too easy.  But, on that Sunday morning, there was a violent earthquake and an archangel appeared, rolled away the stone, scared the guards to death, and announced the truth; Jesus had risen.

Mary and Martha started their morning sad and wishing that they were not going to the grave of the Master. They had no idea, that they would first be greeted by an angel, but then met by Jesus, himself.  Not a ghost–but Jesus–hugging them and setting their hearts at ease. He sent them to meet the disciples; and, tell them to meet up with Him in Galilee.  So, they did. while they may have slowly trudged to the tomb, they raced back.  Their Savior had risen, just as He said.

The beautiful thing about the Gospel is that God demonstrated His love for us.  The most powerful thing about the Gospel is that Jesus defeated death and the enemy.  He rose from the dead, and now sits at God’s right hand; interceding for us and redeeming our eternal lives.  We can only be joyful knowing that He did rise. We can believe His promises, simply because he kept each one. Now, because he did we are invited and allowed to spend eternity with Him in heaven–all we have to do is ask. There simply is no better news than that He is risen. We, like Mary, Martha and the rest have to embrace that; and agree that He has risen indeed!

God Bless You

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”