When [the women who had come to anoint Jesus' body] entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, "Don't be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body."
— Mark 16:5-6 NLT
"He isn't here! He is risen from the dead!"
What incredibly powerful words and what an even more gloriously important truth. As we approach the end of the Gospel of Mark, we know at least three important things about Jesus:
- He is the Nazarene — the one who was prophesied to come from Nazareth (Matthew 2:23) and who would do the work of God.
- He was crucified — he died to ransom us from sin.
- He has been raised from the dead — he conquered death and brought life to us.
He is not in the grave. He lives. He is Lord.
Praise to you, O Father, for Jesus' glorious triumph over sin and death. Thank you for what his resurrection means. Thank you that because my life is joined to Jesus in this life, I can be sure that it will be joined with him in resurrection. Thank you that his tomb is empty and that your Son, my Savior, lives. In Jesus' name and to Jesus' glory, I offer this prayer. Amen.