Don’t be alarmed, he said. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified . He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
Put yourself in the women’s shoes. They had witnessed the death of Jesus just days earlier and then early on this morning they head to the tomb to anoint his body. They had been unable to do it on the day he died and so in their grief they head to the garden to do something to honour Jesus.
When they arrive, they see the stone has been rolled away. Perhaps their first thought was that Jesus’ body had been stolen. Instead of a body they see a white figure that is alarming it seems. But they are told not to be alarmed, instead they are given the words, He is risen! Why are these words of comfort to the women? Well, they are a reminder of what Jesus said would happen. He would not stay in the grave, but rather would rise again! This was the fulfilment of a promise made. This is significant for them, but it also reminds us today that Jesus keeps His word, what He says, is so! We can trust Him and His word. The words, ‘He is Risen’ have significance for lots of reasons, but especially for this! He can trust all that Jesus says! He is Risen!
Jesus, thank you that you are risen, just as you said! Thank you that this gives me assurance that all you have said is true and I can trust it. Help me to put my trust in your words and promises, Amen.
Today's devotion written by the Monday Night Life Group, LifeWay Newcastle