Review: Pastor Glen's Most Recent Message
Easter is one of the most significant events celebrated by Christians.
Because Jesus died and rose from the dead, the power of sin over man was destroyed; to as many as believe in Him, He gave the power to become sons of God!
The event recorded in our text was foretold in John 2:19 when Jesus declared “…destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” but at the time no one understood what He meant.
After His death and burial, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Salome went to the Messiah’s tomb early Sunday morning to embalm His body.
Verses 1-3 of our text state “…upon the first day of the week…they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared…and the women found the stone rolled away…and found not the body of the Lord Jesus!”
Although these women had witnessed His crucifixion on the Friday and the trio knew where the body of Jesus was buried, they waited till after the Sabbath day before visiting the tomb.
In other words, the women were strict observers of the Sabbatical Law and for this reason they would not fulfil their hearts desires till after the religious observance.
Praise be to God, we can now serve the Lord not by the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but the new way of living by the Holy Spirit; we are united with Christ who rose from the dead! Romans 7:4
Then verses 4-6 of our text tells us that two angels appeared to the women saying “…Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but He is risen…”
Believers, we ought to rejoice because even death could not stop Jesus Christ from resurrecting!
On the first day of the week (Sundays) when we gather together to worship our Lord and Saviour, may we encounter the risen One who is well able to turn every deathly situation around.
Pastor G Ferguson.