Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James (and possibly other women) had come to the tomb of their teacher and friend.
The earth shook and rumbled with an awesome force. Something great was about to happen.
A holy being suddenly appeared.
This strong and mighty angel was bursting with bright light and illuminated the atmosphere. Its robe radiated with pure white light. This was one of God’s holy angels sent to assist in God’s work.
The angel began to roll the stone away, uncovering the tomb.
The guards on duty that day, who were tasked to guard the tomb of the crucified Jesus, were now trembling in shock. Being completely overwhelmed, they sat in disbelief and amazement by what they had just witnessed. They had never seen such a powerful display of power from heaven.
God’s holy angel told the women there’s no reason to fear. It said, “Jesus is no longer here. He’s come back to life. Come inside the tomb. Check it out. Take a look for yourselves.”
The angel told them, “You’ve seen where his body had once laid. He’s alive. Now, go and tell Jesus’ disciples that he has resurrected from death. Jesus is no longer dead. He is now alive.”
Overwhelmed with joy and excitement, they made their way to Galilee.
As these two women approached Jesus,Jesus appeared and said to them:
“Hey it’s me! Surprise!
Good morning. What a great morning it is this day.
You must be in shock, I know, but there’s no need to fear.
Check me out. It’s really me, your’s truly, Jesus of Nazareth, your old friend. Touch me yourself. Feel that I am indeed real. I have skin and bones. I have nail marks on me. I’m not just a ghost or an apparition.
They looked at Jesus. Surprised and bewildered.
They touched his two ankles, his feet and felt that his body was real indeed.
He was not a ghost or apparition. He was real indeed.
Then they worshiped Jesus.
What a great surprise for these women this day. Almost too much of a surprise to take in. Almost too unbelievable if they hadn’t seen him for themselves.
Jesus then told the women, “Go now, and tell my brothers to start heading up to Galilee. I will meet up with them there.”
So off they went to inform the disciples of this great news.
Indeed, it was a great day, filled with big big surprises.