“Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been resurrected! He is not here! See the place where they put Him.” (Mark 16:6 CSB)
Well, who wouldn’t be alarmed! We can only imagine what these ladies were thinking and feeling when they entered the tomb of Jesus, saw that the body was not there, though the grave clothes were, and that an angel in a long white robe was sitting there instead. Shocked. Stunned. Bewildered. Astonished. Amazed. Terrified. These are a few additional words that come to mind.
But what a great statement to hear: He is not here. He was not there because He was resurrected. He was not there because the power of death was too weak to hold Him. He was not there because God’s sovereign plan was in effect. He was not there because the entire work of redemption was finished. He was not there because He had places to go, people to see, things to do. He was not there because He was alive.
And now – we are alive.
Lord, We thank You for making us alive. Help us now to live as fully as You intend. Amen.