Luke Chapter 24 1-12 NIV
1 Now upon the first [day] of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain [others] with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down [their] faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.8 And they remembered his words, 9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary [the mother] of James, and other [women that were] with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
Easter is finally here. With it comes spring and suddenly plants begin to bloom. Every day, it seems, a different bush, flower or tree seems to bloom. This is the joy of spring, but does Easter bring us joy or sadness? The day that has changed human history began as a somber day of mourning for two women who were on their way to perform the final rites in the tomb of Jesus. They must have been filled with sadness and loss from the events of the last few days. When they get to the tomb and the stone has been moved away, confusion must have been added to the list of emotions.
The sadness they were experiencing must have been relieved somewhat when they were told that Jesus had risen from the dead. The confusion they were experiencing was replaced with joy when they were told, “he is not here but risen.” This is when they experienced the joy of Easter. The joy everyone can experience when Jesus calls out their name, they recognize Him and allow Him into their lives. Then we must do what these women did on that first Easter; they stopped what they were doing and rushed to tell the others that “He is risen.” That has always been our role, to tell someone that He is risen, and make disciples for the transformation of the world.