He is Not Here

The night is darkest just before dawn.

What a picture of our world today.  Terror attacks happen around the world.  Politics and ideals divide us.  Threats of war concern us.  The world is dark.  For the world, it is Friday.  But, we know Sunday’s a comin.

On that morning so long ago, some women went to the tomb to find a body.  It was still dark, terribly dark.  It was dark in the garden.  It was dark in the world, and it was dark in their hearts.

But, the stone was rolled away.

Luke 24:1-7 tells the story like this:
1But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

5The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

The tomb was empty.  What glorious words!  “He is not here!  He is risen from the dead!”  The world was suddenly and gloriously no longer dark.  The darkness of their hearts – gone.  Their lack of hope – gone.  Their despair and sadness – gone.

If you are looking for a corpse, He is not here!  He is risen from the dead!

If you are looking for hope, if you are looking for light in a dark world, if you are looking for a Savior, rejoice, shout for joy because He is risen from the dead!


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