April 28

Mary Magdalene, the other Mary, and Salome brought spices to anoint Jesus’ body…When they looked up, they saw the stone had been rolled away. They saw a man sitting on the right side and they were alarmed. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “ You are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him… He is going ahead of you into Galilee there you will see him. (Mark 16:1-7 NIV)

This is it. This is what Easter is all about: The resurrection of Christ. This is the event we celebrate at this time of year Fluffy bunnies and chocolate candies are inconsequential. Here as the women go to the tomb the great plan of God is finished. By what has been accomplished at Calvary we can be forgiven of sin and have peace with God. The resurrection of Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith. We look to other tombs: Muhammad, Confucius, Buddha, Joseph Smith, even Charles Darwin, they all remain in their graves. Only Christ has risen. And with that resurrection comes the hope of eternal life to all who believe and place their faith in Jesus.