Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large.
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is 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 into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you."
‘Very early in the morning’ is a powerful symbol of the light appearing above the horizon, or darkness vanquished — ‘a new day is dawning’. And what light brings is sight to the blind, an awakening of perception, understanding of something not previously understood. It is positive crushing negative, vibrant new life replacing dusty decay; it is resurrection. ‘The sun had risen’ and The Son is risen — that is the Easter message.
‘The first day of the week’ is the eighth day, and eight represents a new beginning. Seven is the number for completion and wholeness, so where do you go from “It is finished!”? You start afresh with a new week. Everything here, right down to the detail, points to the conclusion that the impossible has happened. Such things stretch our credulity, but in the spirit, our hearts leap.
And then comes the message from ‘a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side,’ and the three women were alarmed, just as we would be. So many unanswered questions; this is more than unexpected, even to those who had witnessed Jesus’ miracles. Hope had gone and all was lost, but now revelation of the truth was awakening as the young man spoke — “He is going before you … you will see Him, as He said to you.”
Nothing is as it was. All things are now made new.
‘Meditate on these things…’
Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
AN EASTER HALLELUJAH — Cassandra and Callahan Star
A HOLY COMMAND: Oswald Chambers on LOVE
GEORGE and GILL STEWART