Valdosta Daily Times

March 29, 2013

Preparing for Easter’s promise


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — As the Christian world marks Good Friday today, the day when Jesus Christ was crucified, dead and buried, we are reminded of the promise to come. The promise of Easter this Sunday.

Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.

Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.

Then as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?

“He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified and the third day rise again.’”

And they remembered His words.

— Luke 24:1-8

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came 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 from the door, and sat on it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.

And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

“And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold I have told you.”

So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

— Matthew 28:1-8