SEE! - HE LIVES!
"1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of
James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him.
2 Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when
the sun had risen 3 They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away
the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" 4 Looking up, they saw
that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. 5
Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a
white robe; and they were amazed. 6 And he said to them, "Do not be
amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified
He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid
Him. 7 "But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you
to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.'" 8 They went
out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped
them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
The first we shall - and ought to -
notice here is these peoples' relationship to Jesus. He is dead and one
can, from a human point of view, say that He did not "answered to the
expectations." - They had believed it would have been something more out
of it than this. The Roman power and the seductive spirit of
religiousness, appeared to be to strong for Him too, as far as they now
could see. - But they could not let Him go. Hearts and thoughts were
taken up with Jesus. Him whom they had wandered together with, and
received impressions from, in about three years.
When we read, here and elsewhere, about these people who had been
close to Him, it is impossible not to notice this heartfelt relationship
they had to Him.
on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had
Yes very early, as soon as it began to dawn, they came
Which shows that they did not delay by no means, but came as
early as possible.
"When the sun had risen."
What they now was in the midst
of, without being fully aware of it, was that the true spiritual sun,
which shall give light when light of lamp and light of sun is not needed
already had raised for them.
That was why they had to get out to the grave, out there where
Jesus was, despite He was dead. Because, even If He stood alive for them
- in their hearts and minds - He was after all, also to them, dead.
Therefore they were convinced that they were handed over to
themselves, because one - as known - do not expect anything from a dead.
Later on they should witness with the apostle: "- since a death has
taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed
under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the
promise of the eternal inheritance."
And: "Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer
any offering for sin.
No, this is the sacrificial lamb, He is the guilt offering!
which now stood before them as the great tragedy of their lives, and got
the heart to turn over within them by compassion with Jesus, He whom
they loved so deeply, exactly
was their rescue, their salvation, their eternal entrance into the
kingdom of God! - Precisely because of
nothing could close heaven for them any more.
Exactly because of
they could pride themselves against everything and all, which would
condemn and accuse. Who can settle a higher price, to get us into the
bondage again, than that which is paid to ransom us?
" - knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like
silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your
forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and
spotless, the blood of Christ.
(1 Pet. 1:18-19).
A Christian is accordingly one who is
from his inherited futile way of life. Your freedom is a paid
You thought so often, that you should get to own it at that basis,
that you overcome your inherited futile way of life. But it is exactly
from that you are
It is there, and every day afresh you find it in all conceivable and
unconceivable shapes and situations, but "a death has taken place for
the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first
covenant" and "where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no
longer any offering for sin!" (Heb. 9:15; 10:18).
was what the women now grieved at!
It is often like this in Gods Kingdom, that what looks like the
greatest hindrance is precisely what is needed to a true help and rescue
It is so characteristic what we read
about them here in the third verse: "They
were saying to one another..."
- Yes, exactly
That is also so often our way. Most certainly, to often to soon we
consult one another, instead of awaiting the Lord. And what was the
will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?"
A worried mind,
who is not familiar with that? Yes,
should do that? He who hears
we pray! "Looking
up, they saw that the stone
Maybe you are one, who just today, need to
When Jesus talks about the very last days on earth - a time full of all
kinds of reasons to
if one is considering the surroundings - He says: "Straighten up and
lift up your heads!"
Because we have surely got something else to fix our eyes on, than those
who only have placed their confidence in this earthly.
It is something we absolutely are too
little aware of - that God has
plans! "Himself to honour and us to good," as it goes by the name of in
We often live as if He does not do other things than what we at any
time invent to ask Him for. The reality is after all, that everything
that we ask in truth, and by heart, that is just urged on by Him. He is
in all things the beginning and the end.
What these women were worrying about,
was already done!
And then they received from the Lord much more than what they could
think to ask for. They get this greeting from the heavenly delegate. And
what says he? First of all what we just have emphasized: "you
are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified."
Yes, in truth, they were seeking Jesus from Nazareth! But they were
looking for Him in
You must never ever lend ear to those, who on all kinds of strange
death of Jesus
- "He is after all not dead any longer it is said, you shall not dwell
upon the death on the cross, but upon His resurrection."
Certainly it sounds beautifully, but the serpent can disguises
himself as an angel of light, as known.
(2 Cor. 11:14).
Think of what the apostle, among other things, reminds us about,
what the death of Jesus concerns. What we just read from Hebrews. And
when Paul speaks about the receiving of the bread and wine during The
Lords supper, he says exactly: "As often as you eat this bread and drink
the cup, you proclaim
until He comes."
(1 Cor. 11:26).
This death to our redemption!
What you shall not lend your ear to,
what the death of Jesus concerns, is the speech that says that He
stayed in the grave.
He has really risen - but important here - it is the
(that means, He who
because of our sin), who is risen.
Also He Himself reminds John - the of fear benumbed one - about
this in Revelation 1:17-18: "Do not be afraid! --- I was dead, and
behold, I am alive forevermore." Therefore this: Do not be afraid!
was certainly dead!
"He is not
says the angel. Not here in the grave. "Behold,
here is the place where they laid Him!"
What should they see there, and who laid Him there? We can say that
quite physically it was Jesus‘ friends who placed Him there, Josef from
Arimathea among others, but basically it was after all Jesus' - and our
- enemies who had laid Him there, and what did the angel want them to
see by looking at the place where they laid Him? That He no longer is
where His enemies laid Him! He is not here, He has risen!
And now, go with the message: "But go, tell His disciples and
I guess you too have noticed that Peter - he who most evidently had
fallen through during the process against Jesus - here gets a special
greeting, or, is saluted especially from
The angel says after all nothing more than what
has instructed him to say.
Peter, so scrupled and so low down after his fall - but like these
women in our text, he could just not let go of Jesus, such as e.g. Judas
could - needed a special encouragement, and
"When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight
(Psalm 94:19). And:
"He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds."
That the psalmist here brings a true testimony about the Lord, is
after all - among other things - confirmed by His care for Peter here.
The Word of the Lord stands firm, as the angel too underlines here:
"There you will see Him,
as He told
In other words: "Place confidence in His Word!"
As He was towards Peter, that is how He
also is towards you today. He does not make invidious distinctions
For what purpose do you think these things about Peter, is written
here in the Scripture? Peter has after all no use for it any longer. It
is written down because others have use for it. Maybe just you now! The
Scripture is in all parts a testimony about
It is all there for this purpose only - that your eyes shall get opened
May also these words have served that purpose!
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