16 uvWhen the Sabbath was past, wMary Magdalene, wMarythe mother of James, and iSalome xbought spices, so thatthey might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of theweek, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And theywere saying to one another, “Who will roll away ythe stone for usfrom the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that thestone had been rolled back—zit was very large. 5 And aentering thetomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, bdressed in cawhite robe, and dthey were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, d“Do notbe alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He hasrisen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tellhis disciples and Peter that ehe is going before you to Galilee. Thereyou will see him, ejust as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fledfrom the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them,and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
A Prayer for Easter Sunday (Scotty Smith)
Because of your resurrection, we’re neither afraid to die nor fear-full in life; we’re not hapless vagabonds on earth, we’re hope-filled children of our Father. We’re no longer enslaved to our sins; we’re now robed in your righteousness. Those who’ve “gone to sleep” in you, aren’t slumbering in the void; they’re rejoicing—fully alive in your presence.
The Single Most Important Day in History (Jon Bloom)
It is Sunday, April 5, AD 33. This day will change the entire course of world history, more than any other day before or after, though only a handful of people will know this by day’s end.
In an ancient, arid, Near Eastern city, one singular event will occur this day, unleashing a movement so compelling, so enduring, so influential, so unstoppable that two thousand years and billions of adherents later, it will still be growing, faster than ever, while the mighty empire that witnesses its birth will long lay in ancient ruins. This movement will shape nations, span oceans, birth universities, launch hospitals, transform tribal peoples in the world’s remotest places, and be spoken, read, and sung about in more languages than any other religious movement by far.
That singular event? The body of Jesus of Nazareth will exit his tomb.