Today is the day our Lord rose from the grave. Rejoice!
They asked each other,
“Who will roll away the stone from the entrance of the tomb?”
A strong Roman guard was posted at the tomb, with the opening sealed and the soldiers–standing there with spears. No one could steal the body.
Early on Easter morning, the two women coming to the tomb were bearing spices for His body. A desperate desire to do something for the person who is no longer in his or her body, drives loved ones to bring flowers or do something near the remains of the person’s so recently alive body. In those days the spices gave a staisfying fulfillment of this natural desire. With no thought of expectations, or feelings of hope, they dejecteldy walked toward the tomb, only to find–empty! The stone was rolled away, the body was not there! It was two men in “shining garments”–obviously angels, sent as angels who had been sent to announce His coming to Mary thirty-three years before, who now told the women that the One for whom they were looking among the dead, was not dead but alive, “He is not here, but is risen: rememer how he sapke unto you when ye was yet in Galilee, saying the Son of man must be delievered unto the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
Then, they remembered.