The body of Jesus had been removed from the cross and properly buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.  This had been done as the time of Preparation came to end.

This was the time to prepare for the Sabbath Day, which followed.  By law, no work was to be done on the Sabbath, so preparations for a were done the day before.  The Sabbath began at sundown the night before and went until sundown of the Sabbath Day.  In current times, this would be from sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday night.  Consequently, the first day of the Jewish week began on Sunday, which is where we resume the Easter story.

Now after Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices that they might come and anoint Him (body of Jesus).  After being told that Jesus said He would rise on the third day, Roman soldiers stood guard of the tomb to make sure that no one would remove Jesus’ body, then claim that He had risen.  As the women approached the tomb, they wondered how they would manage to open the tomb entrance, but when they arrived, they found the stone had been rolled away. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.  But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed.  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He is risen! He is not here.  See the place where they laid HIm.  But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”   “Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” And they remembered His words. 

Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and all the rest…Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.  He saw the linen cloths lying there and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.  Then the other disciple… went in also; and he saw and believed.  (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-13)

But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she topped down and looked into the tomb.  And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.  Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”  She said to them, because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”  Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom are you seeking?”  She, supposing Him to be the gardener, 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 Him, “Rabboni! (Teacher!)”  Jesus said to her, do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and Your Father, and to My God and your God.'”

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.   (Matthew 28:9-15, Mark 16:9-11, John 14-18)

Christ, the Lord, is risen indeed!  Today we celebrate our resurrected Savior, who died as a sacrifice for our sins, that we could be redeemed from the death of sin, and find life everlasting in Him.  Praise be to God!      To read the Easter story online, go to .

Happy Easter!