Happy Easter Morning to you!
May this be a day of great rejoicing.
We cannot stress this point too strongly: the women who went to the grave of Jesus that morning (Mary the mother of James, Joanna, and Mary Magdalene) did not start the day believing in his resurrection. They weren’t checking to see if the tomb was empty. The fact that they carried spices to anoint a decaying corpse shows what they expected to find…
Luke 24:1-8 “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”
He is RISEN!!! (He is risen, indeed…)
“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”
― Timothy Keller, author of The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism