These twelve verses are some of the most powerful in the New Testament. On these
words rest the heart and soul of the Christian message, Christ has conquered death: He has risen! It is arguable that Christianity survived and grew because of the events recorded here.
If I may be allowed to use my imagination a bit, I would like to suggest that during his time in the tomb, Jesus engaged the devil and his ally, Death, for the very heart and soul of God’s creation. The Apostles’ Creed contends that Jesus descended into hell during his three days in the tomb (No creed but Christ not withstanding). Was this the scene of Christ’s great victory that is signified by the trembling earth and the removal of the stone cover from the tomb’s entrance? Just maybe, a victorious and resurrected Christ arose, removed and neatly folded his death shroud, and with an earth-shaking shout rolled the stone away, giving us, his gift of resurrection and the offer of salvation. THE FIRST EASTER!
Prayer: Almighty God, in humble acceptance we thank you for Jesus’ gift of everlasting life.
Let us remember that it is out of duty that we accept and live a life dedicated to its promise.