MATTHEW 28:1-7 ~ ""Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.""
Many of us are very familiar with the story of Jesus' crucifixion. He endured excruciating torture on the cross and died. His body was placed in a grave. But as we know the story doesn't end there! God proved that His power is greater than death and raised Jesus back to life. The scene sent shockwaves through the region. The angel who rolled away the stone caused quite a stir, too. The soldiers guarding the tomb who saw the angel actually passed out and fell down. But the angel had comforting news for those at the scene—CHRIST IS ALIVE!