The First Easter Morning

The First Easter Morning

As Northsiders, we sometimes say that we celebrate Easter each week, and that’s a good thing. But let’s not ever discount or minimize the resurrection of Jesus Christ. To someone in your realm of influence, Easter Sunday may be one of the few days of the year that they consider the Son of God. Anytime, anywhere, when someone asks you about Christ, please be bold and join their conversation. We should always look for opportunities to share our faith in Christ.

Scripture gives us insight into the thoughts and feelings of two faithful women on that first Easter morning. From Matthew 28: “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb … 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 … Go quickly and tell his disciples’ … so the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy.” 

In Luke 24, “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb … They did not find the body of the Lord Jesus … In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the (angels) said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”’ Then they remembered His words.”

Mark 16 adds a very special note to those of us who have ever denied our Lord. “As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.”’”

We serve a risen Christ. He promised His apostles that He would return to them on the road to Galilee, and He has promised to return for us as well.