'Day One' Blog

He Has Risen From the Dead! – April 08, ’20

(A read through all the gospel passages is necessary to grasp the whole recorded picture of Jesus’ resurrection. The apparent discrepancies in the different texts are dealt with my many scholars and would make a very interesting search if you are interested. My research left me confident, there is truly no discrepancy at all. There are links to the gospel passages for your convenience.)

Meditation for the Soul ~

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.
Matthew 28:1-8
(See also: Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12;
John 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8)

Reflection for the Mind ~

The event of Jesus’ resurrection involved more people than we might think. It all began a little before first light on the third day of His death. The soldiers guarding the tomb, many different women, Jesus’ disciples, and a few other favored ones were invited into the first hours of the greatest, most significant event in history. The tomb was empty and Jesus was alive!

Fear, great joy, trembling, astonishment, weeping… all were experienced by various ones depending on how and when they arrived on the scene. Some felt an earthquake, some witnessed an angel rolling the stone away. Some were spoken to by an angel. All were dumbfounded to find Jesus missing from the grave where they had personally laid Him.

This new news was equally as disorienting as Jesus’ death had been. How could it not be! Those whose memories failed them had the words of an angel to remind them that Jesus had already told them He would rise from the dead. Still, this was something no natural mind had space to entertain. Before too long though, Jesus would show Himself to His beloved ones and they would know, without doubt, HE HAD RISEN!

Response for the Heart ~

Oh Lord, how relieved I am to be at this part of the story! You rose from the dead, just as You said You would! Praise You, Risen Savior! The days of mourning felt as though they would never end and of course, Your followers were not sure they would. I would have been just like them. I would have thought You were really gone, that I was parted from You for good. But that is NOT what happened! You rose again! You defeated death! You purchased the redemption of anyone who would believe what You did and declare You Lord of their life! You did that for me! Thank You! Thank You! Praise You! Death could not hold You! I bow before You, Jesus – my risen Lord! ~ Amen

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  • Gail


    He is risen indeed!!!!! Anne you’ve done a wonderful...insightful study!! Thank you for sharing your gift with us!!! Happy Easter!! Blessings sister!!

  • Len Krukowski


    He is Risen Indeed! Thank you for this beautiful reminder that we are part of His story! ♥️

  • 4

    He is Risen Indeed! Beautifully told... ♥️ thank you Anne!

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