He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
One of the hidden comforts behind the soul-bursting joy of the resurrection is that even as disciples gazed stupefied into the empty tomb, angels were urging them to “remember how he told you.” The angels know that the thing we humans need most is to remember the words of our God; our biggest problems have all started with our forgetting what God said.
To remember something we were told is to have been told it. That Jesus told His disciples (over and over again) what would happen showed them and us that God was in control the whole time. He was. He is.
Horrible things happen. Messiahs get crucified. In everything, however, never forget that God is in control. In fact, everything is working out, in the end, according to His plan and not another’s. We always forget this. Today stands as a huge reminder. God makes the whole world notice. He fills His churches with believers and skeptics alike. He gets history’s attention. We sing “He is Risen,” but we also sing that “we know who holds tomorrow.” We do. Today, we remember.
He is Risen Indeed!