He Is Not Here

Matthew 28:5-6: “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

As I think of the women on their way to the tomb of Jesus, I laugh. They wondered how they would move that big stone in front of the tomb. When they arrived, the angel of the Lord was sitting on that very stone and told the women, “He is not here; he has risen.”

The angel told them to tell the disciples Jesus had risen and they would see him in Galilee (verse 7).

Verse 8 says the women were “afraid yet filled with joy.” If I had been with them, I probably would have felt the same way.

Easter is a few days away. We serve a living Lord and Savior. One day, he will return. “The dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive . . .  will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever”(1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).

In the midst of Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets, chocolate bunnies, and new clothes, let’s remember why we celebrate Easter. Hallelujah. He has risen. He has risen indeed.

Dear God, thank you for the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Amen.

Application: What can you do to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus this week?

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Copyright 2011, Yvonne Ortega, , LPC, LSATP, CCDVC

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Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.

She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.

Visit her website: http://YvonneOrtega.com

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