He is Alive

He is Alive!

“Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Matthew 28:1-10 ESV

“When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” Mark 16:1-8 ESV

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.” Luke 24:1-12 ESV

“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.” John 20:1-10 ESV

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.” John 20:11-18 ESV


He Is Risen!

Sunrise after the Sabbath, the first day of the week, heavy-hearted and grieving, Mary Magdalene and a group of women make their way toward the burial place of their Friend.

They are going to anoint His body; they are expecting to find His body. But instead of a funeral for a friend, they found an empty tomb. They are startled and frightened.

Angelic host proclaim “He is Risen!”

They charge the women with the important task of delivering the news to the disciples and Peter.

Mary immediately runs to tell Peter and John of the empty tomb. They race to the garden and find…nothing. No body; No friend. Just an empty grave and some burial linens.

As Mary weeps, a man captures her attention. Thinking He was the gardener, she inquires where Her Lord might have been taken.

One word – “Mary”. Immediately she knew; she knew the voice of her Teacher, her Friend, her Savior – Jesus!

God Knows Your Name

Not only did Jesus speak Mary’s name, but notice in Mark 16:7 the angel charges Mary to go tell “the disciples and Peter”.

Only God could have known the inner feelings Peter had about his denial of Jesus and the grief of losing his closest friend. What depths of sorrow and regret Peter must be experiencing – He might have thought, “Surely God would never want to speak with me again. I have failed Him. What a loser I am.”

Yet God made a specific request through His angelic messenger – “Go tell the disciples and Peter.”

Peter?! Peter? You mean the one who, just hours before, denied he even knew the Son of God? Are you sure, God?

Yes. Even Peter. His sins were covered at the cross, too. And, Jesus had some restoration in store for ol’ Peter. (John 21)

Good News

Easter Sunday not only brings the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, but it also brings the message of salvation from a God who knows your name.

He knew you before you were born (Jeremiah 1:5) and He knew your sins. He sent His only Son to suffer and die on the cross. Why? Because He deeply loves you.

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8

As you celebrate the Risen Savior today, may you, like Mary, hear His voice as He calls your name – ” {insert your name} I love you enough to die for you.”

Happy Easter from Real Women Ministries!

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