Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb...But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:1,5–6, ESV)

Through the Bible Day by Day Devotional Commentary writes succinctly: “Ere the sun had risen and while the glory of the dawn was faint in the Eastern sky, the women were well on their way. But he whom they sought had gone.”

“He whom they sought had gone.”  Such simple words and yet deeply profound words.  They went to anoint Jesus’ body, to serve him in death as they had faithfully served him in life.  They had waited all of the Sabbath, in order to honor God’s word, but now it was Sunday morning.  No longer bound to rest, they left as early as they could, at first light, but what they found was unexpected, unimaginable.  The tomb was empty!  And here was this man in the brightest white sitting on the stone which had, only a few short hours before, blocked the way into the grave.

“Do not be afraid,” says the angel, understanding their trepidation.  “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.”  Oh to have been the angel who had the privilege of making that announcement.

Just like that, and without full comprehension, the women are filled with joy and amazement and wonder and the need to tell someone.  Off they go, running to tell the disciples.

A remarkable scene.  A scene no doubt that they repeated over and over and over again, until their dying day.

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