Matthew 28:5-6 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Looking for Jesus in a place he isn’t. Nope, (my paraphrase of the angel’s message) you’re not going to find him here! Silent – lifeless – horizontal – wrapped in burial cloths — he isn’t. He is not here;
This may very well be our absolute favorite place where Jesus was not — in the tomb! He is not here! Jesus is not where life is not; or said another way – where Jesus is, death is not! Jesus is life! Don’t be looking for him in his tomb. He is not there!The Gospel writer John launches his account of Jesus with this very reminder — Jesus is life and that life cannot be extinguished.John 1:4-5 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Inextinguishable!Hallelujah!