The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said."
Have you ever watched a movie at a theater and stayed long after the credits rolled? The credits are usually followed by an outtake scene or a teaser trailer which previews a sequel to the feature film. When Jesus took His last breath on the cross, He said, “It is finished.” The earth shook, and the credits of God’s creation rolled during the finale of the greatest redemption story ever told. But there was still more. After Jesus conquered sin at Calvary, He provided a sequel that no other world religion can claim for its own. On the third day, in the quiet early morning, no credits rolled–only a stone as it rolled away from the tomb that once contained the dead but now released the living Savior. The silent witnesses of the greatest event in history may have only been the surrounding trees, the dew on the grass and the first light of daybreak. Easter Sunday’s sequel of Jesus’ resurrection is also a prequel to His second coming. “For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father…” (Matthew 16:27). The triumph of the resurrection proclaims Christ’s defeat of death and gives us a preview of His epic return. Will you be ready for Him when He comes again?
God of all the Heavenly Hosts and God of all Creation, help us to be alert at all times so that we can be prepared for the return of our Lord and King, Jesus, our Savior. Since His coming will be like "a thief in the night," keep us on guard and on task as we seek Your will for our lives in these last days. Amen.
C. H. Spurgeon devotional below: