The story did not end there. Praise God the story does not with the nails being removed and his Body being laid in the grave. It doesn’t end with the disciples hiding in fear or the Jewish high council gloating over its apparent victory. It ends with a startling discovery made by women on their way to the tomb to attend to the body of their Lord.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 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, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
– Luke 24:1-8
On that great morning, the stone was rolled away. The Lord left the grave clothes behind. Death itself was overwhelmed in victory. Jesus had risen from the dead!
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