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Humble Hero, Page 362

“Woman, Why Are You Weeping?”

This chapter is based on Matthew 28:1, 5-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18.

On the first day of the week, very early, the women who had stood by the cross made their way to the tomb to anoint the Savior’s body. They did not think about His rising from the dead. The sun of their hope had set. They did not remember His words, “I will see you again.” John 16:22.

Not aware of what was even then taking place, they came near the garden, saying, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” And suddenly, the heavens were ablaze with glory. The earth trembled. The great stone was rolled away. The grave was empty!

Mary Magdalene was the first to reach the place, and seeing that the stone was removed, she hurried to tell the disciples. Meanwhile the other women came. A light was shining around the tomb, but the body of Jesus was not there.

As they lingered, suddenly they saw that they were not alone. A young man in shining clothing was sitting by the tomb. It was the angel who had rolled away the stone. He had taken the form of humanity so that he would not alarm these friends of Jesus. Yet the light of the heavenly glory was still shining around him, and the women were afraid. “Do not be afraid,” the angel said, “for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead.”

They looked into the tomb, and another angel in human form said, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”

The women remembered now—He said He would rise again! What a day this is! Quickly they left “with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.”

Mary had not heard the good news. She went to Peter and John with the sorrowful message, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” The disciples hurried to the tomb and saw the shroud and

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