The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7
Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!
And He knew—all along He knew! Even in the Garden of Gethsemane when he longed for another way. Even on the cross when He cried out to His Father about being forsaken. Always He knew.
He tried to tell the disciples, but they didn’t get it. He tried to tell the crowds, but they were confused. He tried to tell the Pharisees; they just thought He was arrogant, or maybe crazy. But as the women came to the tomb, the EMPTY tomb, the angel who greets them says it all.
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”
Just as he said. He knew—Jesus knew the power of the Father. He knew the reality, the life, that would be ours. He knew his ability to obey, to follow, to do what the Father had sent him to do.
Everything happened, just as he said it would. The resurrection means Jesus is true to His word. He promised to bring Life. It is done. He promised to bring us close to the Father. It is done. He promised hope and eternity, grace and forgiveness, freedom from the chains we wrap ourselves in. It is done. It is done. It is done.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20
Don’t miss it though. The angel doesn’t just tell them Jesus “told you so,” but also where they can see Him; where he can be found. Why? Because Jesus didn’t die on the cross and return to life just to say, “I told you so.” He did it so we might find Him. So we might connect with Him. It’s all about relationship. That’s what Life abundant is: a real and dynamic walking with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It’s Life lived with the mysterious Creator, Lover God.
It’s the whole reason God put on the confining suit of flesh and descended into the slums of a world now dying; it’s the reason why the Word spoke no objection when he became a curse on a tree: so that we might live! So that we might know Him; so that we might walk in wholeness and freedom and Love.
As Ted Loder says, it’s “Resurrection Madness!” I say it’s the greatest madness the world will ever know. The madness of Love unstoppable. The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world is no longer dead. He is alive!
This is the day, this is the morning, this is the time where we find all of Life’s hopes and promises fulfilled. Everything we yearn to be, everything we were created to be; the God we long to be with—it all finds place and reality in what we celebrate today. Because it is just as Jesus said.
Three days later he will rise. Mark 10:34