Easter Sunday Devotion

Easter Sunday Devotion

Easter Sunday
Scripture for today: Matthew 28:1-15. You may wish to read the other Gospel accounts for the First Easter Morning in Mark 16:1-11, Luke 24:1-12 and John 20:1-10.

Matthew 28:1–15 (NASB95)
Jesus Is Risen!
1 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.
2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.
3 And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.
6 “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.
7 “Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.
9 And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.
10 Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
11 Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.
12 And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
13 and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’
14 “And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.”
15 And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.

The most remarkable news of all of history was first told to the women early this morning. “He is risen!” What marvelous, wonderful and awe inspiring news this was! This was news that changed the world. Never before had one been raised from death to eternal, immortal life. In His death, Jesus had paid the price for every sin ever committed in every age, past, present and future. Your sin and mine. In His resurrection, Jesus proved that the sacrifice for sin had been fully paid, death no longer held Him. If one sin remained unpaid, the consequence of sin, death, would have remained. The resurrection of Jesus proved that both sin and death had been conquered. What glorious news!

The women ran to tell the disciples the news. But they were not the only ones to run with news that morning. The soldiers who had guarded the tomb went and told what they knew (Matthew 28:11). The women told their news with joy, the soldiers told their news in fear. The story that the women told became the greatest truth ever shared, the story that the soldiers were paid to tell never amounted to more than the weak lie that it was.

What will you do with the news, “He is risen”? Will you respond to that news in joy and faith? Will you run to tell others Jesus Christ is risen indeed and eternal life is found only in Him? The news that literally changed the world has been passed on to you, what will you do with it?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, May I be filled with the greatest truth ever made known. May I respond in faith and then turn and share my faith with others. Thank you that Jesus Christ is risen indeed. Amen.