Author: Lori Bassham
Was there early morning dew pooling freshly on the plants that lined the path to the tomb? Did the women share a word on their way to anoint His body with spices or was it silent, the grief too thick in their chests to speak? Did fear pound in the hearts of the disciples as they hid? Was there a biting breeze in the morning dawn or had the sun already begun to warm Jerusalem? Did the anticipation of a miracle hang tangibly on the air or was it just a day—a day like any other?
Men and women awoke and went about their lives, unaware that the stone had been rolled away. Children laughed and lived, not knowing that the burial linens were all that remained in an empty tomb. They did not know that a dead man was alive again. The Savior had conquered the grave. That day, our Jesus appeared to some, but most of the people lived, unaware. A week later, when He appeared again to His disciples, it is no small thing that the words He chose to greet them with were, “Peace be with you!”
Peace. Achievable only because He defeated sin and offered us eternal life with Him. Peace through the salvation He presents to us, free of charge, if we only accept Him as the Lord of our lives.
Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”
Saturday was a time for grief and sorrow and pain and questions and wailing. Sunday’s dawn was, perhaps, different. Grief does not vanish overnight but joy comes in the morning. Perhaps the sun came out and began to warm the hearts of His followers. Maybe they wondered what was different. Maybe they felt inexplicable peace available only because their death conquering Savior whispered it into their souls. For they soon found that He had risen from the dead.
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said…” Matthew 28:6
Just as He said. It is all just as He said. That beautiful Sunday all those thousands of years ago made it so. He is risen.
He is risen, indeed.