STORY OF JESUS
He Is Risen
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The greatest care had been taken to guard the Saviour's tomb, and the
entrance had been closed with a great stone. Upon this stone the Roman seal had
been placed in such a way that the stone could not be moved without breaking the
Around the tomb was the guard of Roman soldiers. They were to keep strict
watch, that the body of Jesus might not be molested. Some of them were
constantly pacing to and fro before the tomb, while the others rested on the
ground near by.
But there was another guard around that tomb. Mighty angels from Heaven
were there. Any one of this angel guard, by putting forth his power, could have
stricken down the whole Roman army.
The night preceding the morning of the first day of the week has worn
slowly away, and the darkest hour, just before daybreak, has come.
One of the most powerful angels is sent from Heaven. His countenance is
like lightning, and his garments white as snow. He parts the darkness from his
track, and the whole heavens are lighted with his glory.
The sleeping soldiers awake, and start to their feet. With awe and wonder
they gaze at the open heavens, and the vision of brightness which is nearing
The earth trembles and heaves as that powerful being from another world
approaches. He is coming on a joyful errand, and the speed and power of his
flight shake the world like a mighty earthquake. Soldiers, officers, and
sentinels fall as dead men to the ground.
There had been still another guard about the Saviour's tomb. Evil angels
were there. Because the Son of God had fallen in death, His body was even then
claimed as the prey of him who has the power of death--the devil.
The angels of Satan were present to see that no power should take Jesus
from their grasp. But as the mighty being sent from the throne of God
approached, they fled in terror from the scene.
The angel laid hold of the great stone at the mouth of the tomb, and
rolled it away, as if it had been but a pebble. Then with a voice that caused
the earth to tremble, he cried:
"Jesus, Thou Son of God, come forth. Thy Father calls Thee!"
Then He who had earned the power over death and the grave came forth from
the tomb. Above the rent sepulcher He proclaimed, "I am the resurrection,
and the life." And the angel host bowed low in adoration before the
Redeemer, and welcomed Him with songs of praise.
Jesus came forth with the tread of a conqueror. At His presence the earth
reeled, the lightning flashed, and the thunder rolled.
An earthquake marked the hour when Christ laid down His life. An
earthquake also witnessed the moment when He took it up in triumph.
Satan was bitterly angry that his angels had fled at the approach of the
heavenly messengers. He had dared to hope that Christ would not take up His life
again, and that the plan of redemption was to fail. But as he saw the Saviour
come forth from the tomb in triumph, all hope was lost. Satan now knew that his
kingdom would have an end, and that he must finally be destroyed.