Luke 24:1-12 "But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for 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 handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened."
Reflection. There is a saying in the military that officers shouldn't run as it "panics the troops." There are some things worth running for! The resurrection of Jesus is right up there.
Let me make this as clear as possible: Jesus is alive. Jesus has conquered death. Love has won. Love changes everything. Whatever we are facing, let's run towards the empty tomb. Let's look at the linen clothes. Let's be amazed at what has happened. Let's be amazed and revel in the hope we are given.
And there is more to come in the story. The Holy Spirit is on His way...
Praise. We worship the Risen Lord Jesus. Our hearts filled with hope and joy. Thanks be to God. Amen.