By Dr. Elias Malki
He is not here, for He is risen! Matthew 28:6
These were the words of the angel to the women at the empty tomb, commanding them to go and tell His disciples that He would meet them in Galilee. Angels are mentioned in the Bible more times than we think. They are messengers of God.
At Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:14 the angel declared to the shepherds: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will towards men.” His Birth was announced by the angels proclaiming that He brought peace, and the world did not understand. There are wars and rumors of wars throughout the world even today, because the world does not understand the kind of peace the angel declared. It is and individual peace to those who will believe.
In Luke 19:38 on Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, the children sang: “Blessed is the king that cometh in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven.” At His birth the angels declared peace to those who believed in Him. At his death the multitude declared peace in heaven for those who believed in his death, burial, and resurrection. The enmity between man and God was removed only for them that believe.
We live in a world that needs to understand the birth of Jesus; his death, his resurrection and the meaning of them. So, it is now our responsibility to continually proclaim publicly and with the courage of lions the peace that was established in heaven between man and God by the death of Jesus and his resurrection. That is why we continue fulfilling our responsibility by declaring that peace in heaven. God has pardoned everyone and this is Good News to those who will accept it.
So, this Easter season He is risen, He is not here, the tomb is empty as He has said because Jesus is a man of His word. He gave us the commission to declare this everywhere.
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!