E - EMPTY TOMB. ‘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, and 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 into Galilee, there you will see him. See I have told you’ Matthew 28:5-7.
Both the birth of Christ and the resurrection of Christ were announced by angels! These two great events were interventions from Heaven.
On both occasions the recipients of the glorious news were told to not be afraid, in fact there was great joy at both events.
We have just celebrated a pinnacle event in the history of the world. As Christians, all our hope rests in the resurrection of Christ. I Corinthians 15:3 Paul says ‘Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures’. In v 14 ‘And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.’ The giver of life died and rose again. No wonder Paul exclaims in v 55 ‘O death where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
We have a sure hope and a great future if we are trusting in the risen Saviour!
Christ the Lord is risen today, Hallelujah
Sons of men and angels say, Hallelujah
Raise your joy and triumph high, Hallelujah
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Hallelujah
Lives again our glorious King. Hallelujah
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Hallelujah
Once he died our souls to save, Hallelujah
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Hallelujah
Extracts from Christ the Lord is risen today
By Charles Wesley