Easter is a time to look ahead.
Matthew 28:1 says: “As it began to dawn toward the
first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the
sepulcher to find Jesus.”
Mary Magdalene asks Mary, “How are we going to move
the stone?” Mary M. thought, “I had forgotten about the stone. There is
no future now that the Master is gone.” The days ahead seemed like a
long empty tunnel.
earth rumbled beneath their feet. The women were really scared, as an
angel appeared before them and rolled away the stone. He said, “Don’t be
afraid, if you are looking for Jesus, He is risen.”
They moved toward the tomb. It was true. The tomb
was empty. The angel said, “Go quickly and tell the disciples that He is
risen. He goes before you to Galilee.”
Both Marys started toward
Galilee, with Mary M. in the lead. As they were running,
“Suddenly, Jesus was there in front of them.” The sun was just coming up
over the hill. She ran on into the streets of
Jerusalem, shouting as she burst into the room,
“Jesus is risen!”
All the days ahead of us are now filled with hope.
Jesus is not only here in the present. He goes before us into the
future. No matter what happens in our lives, Psalms 91:4 says, “There is
absolutely nothing to fear about tomorrow. Jesus will be there before