On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
Luke 24:1-3 (NIV)
They Did Not Find
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Yesterday we left the women who have followed Joseph to the tomb where he had laid Jesus’ body back at home preparing the anointing spices. The next day was Sabbath so they had to prepare the spices before then, and then wait until the morning after Sabbath to go back to the tomb for the anointing. Luke 24:1-3 tells us what happened next. “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” These women were the last to see Jesus’ body on Friday evening, so they could testify to His death. They were also the first to find the tomb empty on Sunday morning, so they could testify to His resurrection. Jesus was alive, and their lives would never be the same again. Nor would the lives of any of Jesus’ other followers ever be the same again. The resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything. Death has been defeated and eternal life has been guaranteed. Jesus is alive. So are we, eternally. Hallelujah!
These have been words from the heart.