During the interval between Christ’s death and resurrection, Paul announced Satan’s defeat at the cross to the evil spirits in prison. Christ rose the third day after his death; that was the time he had often spoken of. On the first day of the first week God commanded the light to shine out of darkness. On this day did He who is the Light of the world, shine out of the darkness of the grave.
The Death of Jesus
Early Friday afternoon Jesus is nailed to a stake. Shortly before Jesus dies, one of the criminals says to him: ‘Remember me when you get into your kingdom.’ And Jesus answers: ‘I promise you that you will be with me in Paradise.’
5 “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.” 6” He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come; see the place where the Lord lay.”
7” Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead;”
The resurrection of Christ, as it is the joy of his friends, so it is the terror and confusion of his enemies. The angel encouraged the women against their fears.
And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. They came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
Furthermore according to St. Mark, “a young man sitting on the right side, arrayed in a white robe;” St. Luke says that “two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. Doubtless innumerable angels were thronging around, and one or more became visible to certain persons as they were capable of receiving spiritual impressions.
Similarly let us remember our Lord Jesus is not here, he is risen; therefore let our hearts rise, and seek the things that are above. Christ knows where his disciples dwell and will visit them.
Finally, those at a distance from the plenty of the means of grace, he will graciously manifest himself.