"He is risen, as he said"

The resurrection of Christ Jesus was one of the outstanding events in his great career. During his brief three years' ministry he had done many wonderful things—all manner of disease and sin had been healed by him, even the dead had been raised by him; but the climax surely was reached when through his own understanding of Life he came forth from the tomb the eternal victor over the belief of death.

It was a glorious morning, the resurrection morning, glorious for his disciples and those loving friends who sorrowed over the tragedy of his crucifixion, glorious for all who in the coming years, in the coming centuries, were to become his followers! How simply Matthew tells of it in the twenty-eighth chapter of his Gospel! "In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week," he writes, "came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre." An angel accosted them there. "And the angel ... said unto the women, ... I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said." Then came the request of the heavenly messenger, "Go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead." "And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word."

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