Is there any greater news?
“Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.” Matthew 28:1-6
What a wait those few days would have been for the friends and disciples of Jesus. The man they believed to be the Messiah had just died, and they were left grieving the death of a friend, and wrestling with whether this man was who He said He was. Was He the Messiah, God incarnate, here on earth to pay the price for their sins? And if so would He rise again like He promised? Or had they been fooled? Had they misplaced their faith, hope and trust?
We all spend seasons of waiting. Waiting to meet our future wife or husband. Waiting to fall pregnant, and then waiting nine months to meet your child. Waiting to see what God has promised us come to pass or for Him to answer our prayers.
But I can’t imagine those three days of waiting to see if Jesus was really who He said He was, not knowing how the story would end.
Yet here we stand 2,000 years later, knowing that Jesus our Saviour did what He said He would do, and is who He said He is, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
This Easter lets again be thankful as we remember the ultimate act of love on the hill of Golgotha. And let’s remind ourselves that He is a God of His word, who keeps His promises, and whatever season of waiting you find yourself in that He is faithful.
Wishing you a Happy Easter.