He Is Not Here

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Matthew 28:1-2, 5-6

“He is not here: for he is risen…”  That has to be one of the most powerful phrases in the entire Bible.

These women had come to see the sepulchre of Jesus.  It had been three days and they were coming to anoint the body with spices.  There they found the stone rolled away and an angel sitting there.  The angel told them to “Fear not.”  He also told them that he knew they were there seeking Jesus.  But there was one problem.  Jesus was no longer there.  “He is not here: for he is risen.”

That was the immediate context of those spoken words.  But the power of those words continues to reverberate through history.  “He is not here: for he is risen” is what separates Jesus Christ from every other “religious leader” in history.  “He is not here: for he is risen” is what separates Jesus Christ from every other “good man” and every other martyr in history.  “He is not here: for he is risen” is the reason for our hope and our eternal life.  “He is not here: for he is risen” are among the most important words ever spoken.

We serve a living Saviour.  Let us never forget that and let the awe of that fact never grow old in our hearts and minds!

*I am going to be gone this week, so feel free to comment, but I will not be able to respond until this weekend.  Thanks for reading!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Hallelujah! He is risen!!!

    Thanks Ben 🙂

    Have a good week away!

    Blessings
    ann

    Reply

  2. Amen! He is risen!

    Reply

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