He's not Here
He’s Not Here!
Have you ever gone to a hospital to be with a loved one or a friend and the receptionist tell’s you that they are not here? This has happened to me from time to time as a pastor. Most of the time it is good news because that means that the person in question got sent home because their health improved. Please read Matthew 28:1-10 as a couple of ladies receive this message, He is not here! Yes, it was very early on the first day of the week, which is our Sunday, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb to be with Jesus. These ladies were in for a surprise that forever changed their lives. It happened just as the Scriptures says, an angel of the Lord descended from heaven to roll back the stone and sat on it so that a lost and dying world could have hope and know that God loves them immensely. As they approached the tomb, they see this angel and either saw the guards get up and run past them or they were passed by the guards running so fast that they could have been recruited for any college sports that requires speed. These ladies receive a message from heaven. The message is the same for us today: “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.” Jesus didn’t need the tomb to be open so that he could get out, the tomb was open so that we could see in it. His resurrection body can pass through anything and yet a person can still touch Jesus. He can eat solid food and drink. One day for those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ we have a hope and a promise that God has given. We will receive resurrection bodies just like Jesus. The angel of the Lord instructs the ladies to go tell his disciples that he has risen and that he is going before them to Galilee just as he instructed them before his crucifixion in Matthew 26:32. The angel of the Lord reveals an important truth that we all need to hear: these ladies were looking for Jesus! Are you seeking after Jesus with all of your heart? He instructed his disciples to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and that all these things would be added to us. (Matthew 6:33) Because they were seeking Jesus, they received a message for themselves to treasure and a message to share with others. As they were obeying the message they received from the angel of the Lord, Jesus himself greeted these ladies that morning. They fell at his feet and worshiped him. Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me. Jesus calling his disciples brothers reveals that Jesus is fully God and fully man. Will you deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Jesus as his disciple today?