but they were looking in the wrong place.
After Jesus was crucified, he was buried and a large stone was rolled over the front of his grave. Three days later, Mary Magdalene and several other women went to the tomb with burial spices to finish anointing Jesus’ body. His body had been hastily placed in the tomb because he died right before the Sabbath so they couldn’t complete the work.
Now the women came to finish the preparation of his body for final burial.
Imagine their surprise when they saw the huge stone rolled away from the tomb with an angel sitting on it! The soldiers guarding the tomb had fainted when the angel appeared so they were laying all over the ground in front of the stone.
Then the angel spoke to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just like he said would happen.”
Jesus was no longer in the grave.
He was alive!
He is alive!
He left earth but he send the Holy Spirit who lives inside of each person who puts their faith in Jesus. The Spirit guides us and encourages us – helping to transform us from the inside out.
Today, many people are still looking for what only Jesus can give. They are looking for things like fulfillment, peace, guidance, purpose and love. But our world disappoints us with only fleeting glimpses of these things.
Jesus was, is and always will be The Way. He guides me on the right path, teaches me his unchanging truth and has given me eternal life with him. My eternal life has started here on earth and will continue when Jesus walks with me into heaven some day.
I don’t have to look any farther.
Thank you, Jesus.