Matt. 28:1-2 Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.
There is more than one empty tomb in Jerusalem, where people go to remember Jesus. Does it matter which one is the ‘right’ one? I don’t think so, because we don’t go there to mourn or set up a shrine, as you might for a long dead hero. He is not there, he is risen. Death has been defeated, the grave has been silenced. On Easter Sunday morning, thousands gathered here to worship and proclaim this truth, as millions gathered all over the world in every nation to do the same. It is this event, the resurrection of Jesus, that changes everything and shows us that God is indeed making all things new. Where do you and those around you need to hear anew the hope of the resurrection today?
Melinda is an ordained Baptist pastor currently working as Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Tabor and Director of Ministry Accreditation for Baptist Churches South Australia. She completed her PhD on the Psalms of Ascents in 2016.