There was a stone in the way, but (v.2) tells us “They found the stone rolled away.” This stone, which was sealed with Pilate’s seal, and had Roman soldiers set apart to watch it, yet it is rolled away.
The great stones rolled in the way of Christ and His cause by the enemies of God are easily removed when the hands of the angel of the Lord are laid upon them “And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod,” (Ac.12:11).
Who shall be able to stand when He appeareth ? “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.” (II.Thess.2:2). This is a day that many things are being shaken.
There was a grave with no body according to (v.3) “They found not. the body of the Lord Jesus.”
Here Jesus was buried; now the tomb is empty. There lies the linen that wrapped Him, in the same place and in the same form as when Jesus was in it; but He is gone. “ Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Jesus is in our heart, but he also is in heaven waiting to return again. (Ac.1:11).
It was quite clear from the position of the clothes that no one had stolen Him away, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory.? (I.Cor.15:55). He is alive setting in heaven with all power in heaven and earth.
The Lord’s angel did appear before them according to (v.4) “Behold two men stood by them in shining garments.” In following Jesus into the tomb, they were privileged to see the glorified ones.
Every place, even the dark and lonesome grave, is hallowed and illumined when Jesus has been there, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, “behold, I am alive for evermore,” (Rev.1:18). Christ is our resurrection and life
The glory of the resurrection life is first seen in the grave of Jesus. Therefore To be buried with Christ is to he raised with Him in newness of life according to (Ro. 6:4) “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
The angels had a marvellous Message to tell, “He is not here; He is risen ” (v. 5,8). “He is not here”-all the powers of earth and hell have failed to keep Him. “He is risen” all the authority of Heaven has been given to Him, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Mt.28:18).
hese angels remembered the words that Jesus had spoken, while the disciples had forgotten them, “ But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.(Mt.12:36). Yes, we will stand before the Lord in judgment for our words and deeds.
There was trustfulness in there message, yet “They believed them not” (v.10,11). The Lord Jesus Himself had told them that He would be raised again on the third day, “The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men. And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again.” (Mt.17:22,23).
Now the two women declare to them that the grave was empty, yet they “believed not.” The truth about the resurrection of Christ is a soul-resurrecting truth; yes, men are always slow to believe it,” Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.“ (Mt.24:36).
What unity there was among them. “They talked together” (v.13,17). As they communed, Jesus Himself drew near, for the Lord delights to hearken and hear when they that fear the Lord speak one to another, ”Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. (Mal. 3:16). The scripture Declared in (Ps.133:1) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
There is nothing any greater than God’s people being in one accord “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Ac.2:42).
Jesus is a Wonderful Stranger who will come into your life if you will let him, “Art Thou only a Stranger ? ” (v. 15,27). “Only a Stranger ! ” How suggestive these words must have been to Him who had been “wounded in the house of His friends,” but how comforting to hear Himself spoken of as “a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.”
Yet this “Stranger” rebuked them for their foolishness in not believing “all that the prophets had spoken,” and beginning at Moses-where the higher critics make shipwreck-He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
He who was the truth could never sanction a falsehood. He delights to reveal Himself to the seeking ones, “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”