Mark 16:1-6 “And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.
And when the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices that they might come and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”
And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He is risen; He is not here; behold, there is the place where they laid him.”Arise! For He is risen today; And shine, for He is glorified! Put on thy beautiful array, And keep perpetual Eastertide.
“Springs in the Valley” by Cowman. A little lad was gazing intently at the picture in the art store window; the store was displaying a notable picture of the crucifixion. A gentleman approached, stopped, and looked. The boy, seeing his interest, said; “That’s Jesus.” The man made no reply, and the lad continued: “Them’s Roman soldiers.”
And, after a moment: “They killed Him.”
“Where did you learn that?” asked the man.
“In the Mission Sunday school,” was the reply.
The man turned and walked thoughtfully away. He had not gone far when he heard a youthful voice calling: “Say, Mister,” and quickly the little street lad caught up with him. “Say, Mister,” he repeated, “I want to tell you that He rose again.”
That message, which was nearly forgotten by the boy, is the message which has been coming down through the ages. It is the Easter message—the story of the eternal triumph of life over death; the promise and pledge of man’s immortality.
The grave to Him was not a terminus!
This is the day of glad tidings! Go quickly, and tell the message!
“He is risen!” Hallelujah! Christ is risen! Hades could not hold Him! Corruption could not devour Him! “I am He that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of death and Hades.” Blessed be God! Jesus lives to die no more! Go quickly, and tell everywhere the glad news!And I think the Shining Ones marvel much As they gaze from the world above, To see how slowly we spread the news Of that Sacrifice of love.
There is, to my mind, a natural sequence in one of the accounts of that first Easter morning, as beautiful as it is suggestive. It is the story of the women who hastened to the sepulcher, and it says: “They came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.”
The glory of Easter morn is the sacrificial red of the morning sky!
He reigneth, but let us never forget that it is from the throne on Golgotha!