It’s hard to imagine what it was like for the women who followed Jesus, especially the ones that were there at the foot of the cross. They saw everything, his suffering and the brutality of his crucifixion.
Oh the tears they must have shed, but also what fears they must have experienced in their own minds wondering what this meant for the faith for the one who said he was their Savior the Messiah what did this mean even for them? Certainly those women were distraught over all of this.
Some of those women even went along with Nicodemus and Joseph to bury Jesus. They saw the place where he was laid. Those fears must have filled their minds that Saturday as they waited for the time when they could go back to the tomb and they did. They were the first ones there even before dawn on Easter Sunday running to the tomb. Simply wanting to give him a proper burial, the one that they loved and the one that they trusted in as their Savior.
But they wondered what the tomb even be open? How would they possibly move the stone? When they arrived it was and then more fear filled them. What had happened? Why is it open? Has his body been stolen? All of a sudden two men in white appeared before them. Angels. More fear. And yet here’s what the angel say to them Matthew chapter 28 verse 5
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here. He has risen, just as he said.” (Matthew 28:5-6)
The angels tell the women, do not be afraid. Not simply because there were angels appearing before them, but do not be afraid because Jesus, even though he has died, he is alive.
He has risen from the dead.
See the proof.
See his empty tomb.
Remember his own words that he spoke.
Jesus resurrection certainly calms our fears as well when it comes to death. We are troubled about many things. What will it be like? What will happen to us? We need to look no further than Christ, the one who promises that he shall raise us from the dead at the last day. raise us to everlasting life. Yes, look to him for peace and comfort even in the face of death. Amen.