Easter Sunday, April 1 - Jesus Is Alive!
After the Sabbath, early in the morning, on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and another Mary went to view the tomb where Jesus had been buried.
Suddenly, a strong earthquake shook because an angel came down from heaven. The angel rolled back the heavy stone from the entrance of the tomb. The angel, who looked like lightning and was wearing a robe of purest white, sat on the stone. The guards standing at the tomb were so afraid they were like dead men and could not even move!
The angel told the women not to be afraid. He knew they were looking for Jesus. The angel told them the best news ever. He said Jesus was alive just as He had promised. The angel told the women to go quickly to the disciples to tell them the good news. “Tell them Jesus has been raised from the dead!”
The women left quickly and joyfully. They ran to tell the disciples the good news that Jesus was alive. Suddenly, Jesus met the women and said, “Good morning!” The women ran to Him, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him! Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee. They will see Me there!”
Read Matthew 28:1-10
The Point: Jesus Has Power Over Death And He Is The Savior
Has someone you loved ever moved away? Did you feel upset or even confused when that happened? Now imagine you made plans for a reunion. You’d probably feel excited and maybe even a little nervous until the happy day you were able to reunite. That’s how Jesus’ followers probably felt, too. They knew Jesus would die, but they also knew He promised to live again.
When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary returned to Jesus’ tomb, they witnessed Jesus’ incredible power. The women’s sadness turned into joy when they saw the risen Savior. This is joyful news for us, too! We can put all our hope and trust in our mighty God!
Dear Jesus, thank You for so powerfully defeating death. You are a mighty Savior! Because of Your resurrection, we can receive the joy of new life in You, and we can look forward to the day when we will get to see You face to face. In Jesus’ name, amen.