It had been two days since their beloved Jesus had been mocked, beaten and crucified. Praised with palm branches waving one day and treated as a criminal the next. How quickly things had changed.
The chief priests and Pharisees had gone to Pilate and told him that Jesus said that after three days He would rise from the dead. So Pilate gave the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first. He told them to make the tomb as secure as they knew how and they put a seal around the tomb and posted a Roman guard outside.
On the third day, both Marys went down to the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled back the stone and sat on it. Then the angel told the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid, yet filled with joy, and ran to tell the disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him. (Matthew 27:62-28:9)
Christianity is the only religion that serves a living God. Jesus is alive. He loves you and desires to have a relationship with you. If you have not yet done so, ask Him into your heart and life to be your Savior.
Praying that your Easter is blessed and that you will always be amazed and grateful for the empty tomb.