There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
The angel did not roll away the stone from the entrance so Jesus could come out, but to show the tomb was already empty!
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Angels heralded the birth of Jesus. Now an angel announces a rebirth - the resurrection of Jesus!
The angel says – Do not be afraid! Angels always say this to humans! They are God’s messengers, so why does God send this message all the time?
He knows our tendency to fear. Yes, all the usual stuff; Will I have enough money to pay the bills? Is my family safe? Is everything going to be ok?
That’s why Jesus always speaks peace to our hearts too.
To the deeper, often unexpressed fears about our guilt He speaks the blood of His cross. Peace with God! You are forgiven!
Now to the nagging fear of our own mortality His resurrection speaks promise of a life after our death.
Joy in place of fear! Though sometimes the fear lingers a little doesn’t it? In such times Jesus comes to us.
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy… Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.