Today’s Reading: Matthew 28:1-10
“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” – Matthew 28:6
Can you imagine the darkness of that early morning? Not just because the sun had yet to creep over the horizon but because the hopes and dreams of all the years had been crucified and buried. Mary and the other women walked through the trail of their own tears as they wished to prepare Jesus body in a more formal way. Upon arrival at the tomb, to their surprise, the stone was rolled away and an angel sat atop of it.
It was the angel who spoke the words that penetrate the deepest of sorrows “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” Once again the Word takes control. The Word that brought all creation into existence is the Word that rings true beyond our wildest dreams. Jesus told the disciples that He would suffer at the hands of the gentiles, be arrested, crucified and buried. But on the third day He would raise again to life. Who believed it? What did He mean? How could such a thing happen?
There He is – speaking to Mary with “greetings, do not be afraid.” He lives, He who once was dead lives just as He said. His Word reigns true then and always.
His Word speaks to our sorrow over sin, “be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven”, “eat My Body and Drink My Blood for the forgiveness of your sins.” His Word speaks to our sorrow over death, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
Darkness is overcome by the Light of the World. The pain we suffer, the sadness we experience, the tears we shed are all conquered in the Living One, Jesus Christ our Lord. The angel said, “He is risen!” We respond, “He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Amen!”
Prayer: I know that my Redeemer lives; what comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my ever-living head (I Know That My Redeemer Lives, LSB 461:1).
This devotion was written by Rev. Brian Saunders – President of Iowa District East.