I tried to sleep again last evening, however, I found it so hard to as I was thinking of Jesus being in the cold grave. I rose early and got my spices and oils together that I had prepared on Friday night. I, Mary the mother of James and John, Salome and Joanna went to the tomb carrying the spices we had prepared. We went to anoint his body for proper burial.
As we were walking, we asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away for us?” The stone was very heavy; it was made of rock.
Suddenly there was an earthquake. We trembled in fear. I began to cry again. I couldn’t help myself, the past three days I did a lot of crying.
When we arrived at the tomb, the stone was rolled away! There was an angel sitting on the stone whose face shone like lightning and his clothes were as white as snow. The guards by the grave were lying on the ground. The angel asked me “Why are you crying?”
“Because I have no idea where my Lord is?”
The angel said to us, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.”
I walked into the tomb and sure enough, Jesus was not there! There were two angels sitting in the tomb, one at the foot and one at the head of the slab Jesus had laid on. The angles said to me whilst I was inside, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! Remember what he told you in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and that he would rise again on the third day?”
I walked out of the tomb and the angel outside, said, “Now, go quickly and tell the disciples that Jesus has risen from the dead. He is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there!”
I was in a daze, full of fear and joy. I still hadn’t quite processed all has taken place. All I knew is that Jesus was not in the tomb. I wondered what had really happened to him. I turned to leave and saw someone standing there. He asked me, “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”
Thinking he was just a gardener I said, “Sir, do you know where Jesus was taken? If you tell me, I will go and get him.”
“Mary!” Jesus said.
I recognized that voice! How beautiful! How wonderful! It was Jesus! My heart skipped a beat! I did not know what to say other than “Rabbani, which means teacher.”
I knelt before Jesus and the other ladies with me did as well. We worshipped him. I finally got to tell him how much I loved him. I wanted to hug him but he said, “Don’t cling to me for I haven’t ascended to the Father. Go find my brothers and tell them I will see them.”
We ran back to the disciples in exuberant joy and fear. We gave them message the angels told us and I said to them, “I have seen the Lord! He even spoke to me!”
Sadly, the story sounded like nonsense to the disciples, so they didn’t believe it. Peter however, jumped up and ran to the tomb to find it was empty with just the linen wrappings. The cloth that covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying separate from the other wrappings. Peter came back to us wondering what had happened.
In the evening, we were meeting behind locked doors because we were afraid of the Jewish leaders, especially if word got out about Jesus and the empty tomb.
While talking and sharing a meal together, Jesus suddenly appeared to us!
“Peace be with you,” he said. He showed us with the wounds in his hands and side. We were filled with joy! Again, Jesus spoke to us, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
Then Jesus breathed on us and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
When Jesus breathed on me, I felt a tingling down my spine. My heart felt it was on fire. I felt like a whole new person. It was as if I had been reborn, made new again. All I wanted to do was shout out in praise!
He stayed talking with us for quite a while. He left us suddenly as he came in.
I remembered the words Jesus said to Martha before he raised Lazarus from the dead and I share this with you to finish off my journal…
“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this?”
I know for sure my Jesus is alive. He lives and will live forevermore. The question is, do you believe Jesus is alive? If yes, then go. Go and tell others about our amazing friend, Savior and Lord!
For further study:
Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-15; Luke 24:1-13; John 20:1-31