The Easter Story.
When Jesus was crucified, Christ's body was placed in a tomb. The entrance was shielded by a huge stone, and soldiers guarded the entrance.
On Sunday, the third day, Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of James went to look at the tomb. Matthew 28:1.
A Violent Earthquake occurred, and an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and went to the tomb, broke the seal and rolled away the stone, and then sat upon it. His appearence was like lightning and he was dressed in clothes as bright and white as snow. The Guards were so afraid of the angel, they shook and passed out like dead men.
The angel spoke to the women and said, " Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come in and see where he lay. Then go and tell his disciples he has risen, and is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him. Matthew 28: 5-10.
The women hurried away from the tomb, afraid but yet joyous, and ran to tell his disciples. Then Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They clasped his feet and worshiped him. Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, there they will see me."
After Jesus had risen and appeared to Mary Magdalene, she went and told those who had been with him and who had been mourning. She said I have just seen him, and they didn't believe her. Afterwards Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. The returned and told the rest, but they didn't believe them either. Later Jesus appeared to the eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him. He told everyone to go into the world and Preach the good news of all Creation. Mark 16: 12-15.
The Question is, Has he appeared to you and you didn't believe it was him or even you didn't recognize him? He visited the twelve in different forms, and they did not know he was in their very presence. Are we doing all we can to tell the world about Jesus, so that they can recognize him in their presence? I pray that we are because there is always another life that needs saving. Because he has risen, we all have forgiveness of our sins. I hope you have a blessed and Happy Easter.