Suddenly and angel of the Lord appeared at the tomb.

His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as blinding snow. There was a great earthquake, and the guards fell to the ground as if they were dead.

With an easy push, the angel rolled away the stone and sat down on it.

Now, when the women got to the tomb...

...they were were surprised to see that the stone had already been rolled away.

It was more puzzling still, when they looked inside.

The tomb was empty!

Then suddenly they saw two angels, as shining and bright as the first. One of the angels spoke to them gently,

“Do not be afraid!” he said.

“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?

"You seek Jesus, but he is not here. He has been raised from the dead, just like he said!

"Come and see for yourselves.”

When the women entered the tomb, they saw the clothes that had been wrapped around the body of Jesus lying there, and the cloth that had been wrapped around his head neatly folded - something no grave robber would have done!

“Now go!” the angel said, “And tell his disciples, Jesus has risen from the dead!”

And so the women ran from the tomb, filled with joy and wonder, to tell the good news -

Jesus is risen!

(graphic - sunburst)

It was early Sunday morning.

May our light so shine!

Paul Dallgas-Frey

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