April 25, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

Story of the resurrection told by women


By Rev. Dr. Maria Seaman- | Comments: 0 | Leave a comment

The greatest moment in the Easter season was when the guarded tomb housing the human remains of Jesus was found to be empty! What a moment that must have been.

There were soldiers commissioned to make sure that the body of Jesus was not removed. They missed it. They did not hear Jesus say that He committed his Spirit into the hands of His Father, God!

This lets you and me know that the spirit lives on beyond death. Jesus got up by the Holy Spirit and took his body with Him. One day, all who sleep shall likewise get up! Our spirit shall return to bring our body to a resurrected state.

Matthew 28:1-4

1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

Some crucial things are seen at the scene of the empty tomb:

1. It was the end of something. It was the end of the Sabbath. Something that had existed in and under the Old Covenant was now fulfilled by the death of Jesus Christ. Prior to that moment, mankind had failed miserably in trying to keep the 600 plus laws under the Old Covenant. It was “unkeepable”. That is why Jesus had to come. Jesus would fulfill what no one else could. No longer would the blood of bulls and goats be needed for the atonement of the sins of mankind. No, Jesus kept the law and presented us with something new.

2. It was the dawning of the first day. It was the beginning of the first day. It was the beginning of Sunday worship. We worship a risen Saviour and not the dead laws of the Old Covenant.

Sadly, many are comfortable with what has always been and therefore find it easier to keep the old and reject the new. Many build their entire religious experience around the Sabbath, and yet Jesus chose to begin the season of grace and the New Covenant after the Sabbath ended –– the new day or first day.

3. The tomb was empty. The place that the law created to hold the progenitor of grace was empty. You cannot hold the old and the new in the same place. Law and Grace will never live together. One of them has to vacate the premises.

Grace left the tomb empty. Grace left the rules and regulations of the old dispensation of The Law in the grave.

4. The women were there.  In the new dispensation, the women were actually empowered to tell the gospel message. The old law had shut women up, while the new grace told the women to speak forth.

In a time when women were considered to be no more than a piece of property and were relegated to being only carriers of the next male seed, that moment of Easter showed that God honoured faithfulness. Those women were the ones who remained at the Cross of Calvary, while the disciples (except John) left the scene.

Hence, it makes sense that because the women were able to handle the gory, that they would be trusted and blessed to handle the glory! Hallelujah.

The women were instructed by messengers from Heaven to run and tell it. They were released from the old tomb mindset that would have kept them silent. They were released under the grace to tell the story of Jesus Christ and the glory of the Resurrection.

Indeed, Jesus lives! Celebrate! Then run and tell it!

RESPICE FINEM!

 


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