There are no words. Mary and the others walk silently to the tomb carrying their spices, preparing for another agonizing moment. Not even sure how they would get in, Jesus’ body must be prepared for it’s eternal rest in his tomb. Just some 36 hours ago, they had walked these same roads in horror, and stood shocked and in awe outside the stone they now expected to see. The reality was setting in. He was gone now, and life would never be the same.
And then suddenly, as if otherworldly. LIGHT. Shocking and blinding. Like nothing they had ever seen or experienced before. LIGHT. And who were those men?!?! And where was the stone?!?!? Had it been moved? It looks like it’s been moved! But who would’ve moved the stone??!!? And why?! And where was the body? It’s not where we left him, OH NO, he’s not where we left him, and…
Luke 24:4-8 (ESV)
While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words…
His words. So many times he had told them that this moment was on it’s way. How had they not understood? Why had they not believed? And now, where was He, would they see him again? Some ran to tell the others, but Mary Magdalene stays behind. She is in shock, still not sure of what has happened. Above her tears she hears a voice.
John 20:13-16 (ESV)
They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).
I’ll admit, it’s a hard story to believe. One that takes some getting used to. Angels and lights and an unrecognizable Savior. But it’s also the truth. A moment that changed history and changed His story in ways that you and I can only imagine. It has also changed my life. HE, has changed my life. Paid for my sin. Covered my shame. He has literally saved me, from myself. And all because He is alive.
He IS alive. I have seen His face. I have heard His voice. I have touched his hand. There is no denying now, that Jesus is alive. He is here and with us now, and life will never be the same. There are no words.