Today is Resurrection Sunday. Everything seemed to be working out for us today; the boys were up before six, and already getting themselves dressed (For 4-10 year olds, that's impressive), I was ready to take the boys with me so my wife could have a morning of peace, we were loading up the vehicles in preparation for Sunday Morning Services, and then....the suburban wouldn't start. We tried jumping it, but it wasn't the battery. My wife had to halt her preparations so that she could take us all to church, and severely cuts in to her church prep time (She always looks beautiful, but I understand she likes to prepare her best), It was an inconvenience, to be sure, but it wasn't the end of the world. Unlike Sunday nearly 2000 years ago.
The Disciples were in hiding, Jesus (so they thought) was in the tomb, and the women were going to prepare his body, as was the custom. The hope He had preached, seemed to be dead. This Sunday morning began all wrong. Yet when the women arrived, the tomb was empty! Well, not completely empty. There were angels inside, his burial garments were empty, and his face covering was folded. The good news was said "HE IS NOT HERE." The best news spoken to anyone, why? Because Jesus had conquered both sin and death. The veil that separated God and man was no more, the new humanity was begun, and the Kingdom began to take root where it should have been all along. It doesn't matter how things started, Jesus had overcome. He did everything He said He would. He rose, just as He said; He fulfilled all He came to accomplish in His first visitation, and will fulfill everything He left unfinished when He returns to claim the world. This morning, I would like to encourage you in this: He is still overcoming. He is sitting, now, at the right hand of the Father, not some ghost or spirit, but alive. However your day begins, fix your eyes on the Overcomer! Let Jesus rule over your heart, mind, and yes, even your bad day! He is ALIVE! Matthew 28 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. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 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. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”