Matthew 28:5–6 (English Standard Version)
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said…
Three days before the events in this passage, the faithful followers of Jesus saw their hopes and dreams of deliverance dashed as He died before their eyes on the Cross. But that was not the end of the story.
A group of women came to the tomb where Jesus was to give Him a proper burial by anointing His dead body. However, they were greeted by an angel. The shining appearance of the angel caused the women to fear. The angel told them not to be afraid because he had some great news to share.
The angel told them he knew they came to perform the traditional rites for the dead. But the anointing oil and spices would not be needed. Jesus’ body was no longer in the tomb. He had risen from the dead just like He said He would.
God's Word for this Resurrection Sunday challenges our belief system. Sometimes we hear what the LORD is saying but cannot grasp the entire concept until after it has happened. On several occasions, Jesus had told His followers that He would suffer and die, but on the third day, He would rise again. But they didn’t get it until that Sunday morning.
This morning's message will speak to our hearts as we examine the Savior’s sacrifice for our sins. Prayerfully, we will gain a greater appreciation and respond with appropriate worship. He is worth it.