Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
Then the angel spoke to the women,"Don't be afraid!" he said. "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as He said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you."
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy...! JOY! Can you imagine what these women experienced as they flew back down the dirt road to the place where the disciples were staying? This joy is the same joy that we too experience when we are filled with the Presence of God! I can just imagine the excitement and chatter as they ran! This scripture from Matthew 28 (NLT) paints a picture that exemplifies what Easter morning means to me! The grave could only hold my Lord for just so long! And He is here with us living in our hearts today. He is risen indeed!!