The Marys, Peter and John the beloved disciple. All go to the empty tomb the morning after the Sabbath. The first day of the week. A new week. The angels tell them, “Jesus is not here; you will not find Him in a tomb.” The tomb is empty. There is nothing there but messengers. Heavenly messengers relaying a message from the risen Christ. They go away despondent, not understanding that our God is the God of the living. Christ cannot be found in the tombs of the dead. He leads us from death to life. New life for all who follow Him.
The disciples go about their lives. They are met on the road to Emmaus and do not recognize Him. Christ, however, opens their eyes and makes Himself known to them in the Word and in the Sacrament, the breaking of the bread. He reveals Himself to the 10 and then to the 11 apostles. Behind closed doors. In a locked room. Christ makes Himself known to them, and He makes Himself known to us. He is risen. Christ is alive. He makes us alive too.
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