Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
While it is still dark, Mary goes to the tomb and finds the stone has been removed. She runs to tell Peter and the others that the Lord is gone.
Peter and John go to the tomb and find that the body is indeed gone. They return home, but Mary remains.
Jesus then appears to Mary, but she doesn’t recognise Him. He says her name and she realises who He is. Mary then returns to the disciples and tells them, “I have seen the Lord.”
The events surrounding the resurrection were very confusing for the followers of Jesus. They were not expecting this at all, despite Jesus’ prophecies concerning it.
The great fact of history remains- Jesus died but now He is alive. Because He lives, we shall live with Him forever.
Thank you Lord for the Good News of Easter. Thank you for the promise of eternal life. Amen.