Luke 24:1-12


It was over. The death was horrible. Jesus hadn’t even looked like a man because He suffered so much. They watched Him take His final breaths as He uttered, “It is finished.” Taken down and wrapped in cloths but it had been so close to the special days that the final death preparations could not be done. Not only was it the weekly Sabbath, it was the Feast of Unleavened Bread, another Holy appointment on the calendar. It was a feast where only bread that did not rise could be used.

How fitting since Jesus, the Bread of Life, had not yet risen.

Joseph of Arimathea requested His body and laid Him in his own tomb. But as soon as possible the women came. Sunday, the first day of the week dawned. Undoubtedly there had been little sleep. There had been too much grief. Jesus was dead, but the preparation for His body had to be done. With the death spices in hand, the women went to the tomb.

“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; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”’ Then they remembered 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 the apostles. 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.” Luke 24:1-12

It may have been hard to see with tears streaming down their faces. The women might have needed to rub their eyes as they saw that gigantic stone was rolled away. What was going on? Who did it? They went in. Where was the body? What had happened here?

Perplexed, puzzled, questioning, they looked. But there were two men in dazzling clothing. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”

Indeed! Why look for Jesus here? Jesus was not dead. The angels told them to remember what He said. He would rise from the dead.

The women did remember and ran back. They found the eleven apostles and told them. But they could not believe. It seemed like a tale too impossible to be true. But what is impossible with man is possible with God. Peter had to know for sure and he ran. He looked in. The cloth was there that Jesus had been wrapped in, but Jesus was not there.

Could it be? He marveled at the thought.

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