Luke 24:6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee.
Good news from the graveyard? That’s a strange and perhaps the last place to expect good news. But that’s what Easter is all about. If you’re looking for Jesus on Easter Sunday, don’t look in the graveyard. He isn’t there. He left over 2000 years ago and never went back. The real good news is this: If you are looking for Jesus today, you can meet him right now.
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John combined to tell us the story, the story of how Jesus died and was buried. He died to the point the sun refused to shine, Jesus died to the point that the veil was torn in the temple and graves were open all over Israel. His dead caused the centurion to say; surely this is the son of God. Because of how exceptional His dead was, Joseph of Arimathea, one of Jesus’ secret disciples went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus to be buried. When they took Jesus down from the cross, his body was in bad shape. It bore all the marks of the abuse he had suffered. He was covered with blood, there was a hole in his side, his face was horribly disfigured, and skin hung from his back in tatters. So they wrapped the body in strips of linen cloth. And they buried him in a newly dug out rock tomb. No one had been laid there yet. The two secret disciples of Jesus gave him a befitting burial, with Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, weeping behind.
The Jewish leaders knew that Jesus said he would rise from the dead in three days (for example, Matthew 12:39-40). Their fear was the disciples would make the prophecy appear to happen by stealing away Jesus’ body. They saw Jesus’ claim as a lie and if the body was stolen, they fear this second deception would make matters worse but you see you can’t keep a good man down forever.
On a Sunday morning, the Bible says the women came to anoint the body of Jesus, to prevent it from early decay, meaning they weren’t expecting a resurrection. Resurrection was the farthest thing from their minds. But to their shock and utter confusion, when they got to the tomb, the seal was broken, the guards had disappeared, and the tomb was empty. What had happened? No one could say for sure. Two angels stood beside them and uttered two of the most powerful sentences in the Bible: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6).
The Bible tells us what they found (John 20:6-7). When Peter entered the tomb, he saw the linen cloth lying there, and the head cloth neatly wrapped. It was like Jesus was not in a hurry to run out of the grave, He took His time and folded the grave clothes and kept it as evidence that He is back to life as He said He would. Truth is you can’t keep a good man down.
Child of God there is good news from the graveyard today:
Good news that the tomb is empty.
Good news that Jesus rose from the dead.
Good news that the Devil couldn’t hold him.
Good news that death has lost its sting.
Good news that the grave has lost its victory.
Good news that we need not fear death anymore.
Yes, we need not be afraid of dead because we know that dead and the grave is not the final answer. On the other side of the story is resurrection.
Death will not have the last word. Jesus conquered death and the grave, and because He lives we can live also.