“….. For the angel of the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it” (Matthew 28:2).

 

          The good news is that Jesus is alive forever more. The empty tomb is the silent and effective witness to the fact of the resurrection of           the Son of God. God, the Father was completely satisfied with what His son did on the Cross. Therefore, on the third day, the Father            raised His beloved Son from the dead. Every Christian has a glorious hope. For a true child of God, there is hope beyond the grave.              They have an endless hope and others have a hopeless end. There were six blessed openings after the resurrection of the LORD Jesus          Christ. They are Opened Tomb, Opened Home, Opened Eyes, Opened Scriptures, Opened Understanding and Opened Heaven.

  1. OPENED TOMB: “And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre” (Luke 24: 2). On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, few women took the prepared spices to anoint the body of Jesus. The tomb was closed by a big, sealed stone guarded by the Romans. Despite knowing these difficulties, they still went and found the stone rolled and the tomb was opened. Dear children of God, are you facing hurdles? Follow the LORD faithfully amidst your hurdles. You may face opposition physically and psychologically. But the resurrection power of Christ Jesus, will remove them and open the way for you. The secret of experiencing opened tomb is showing genuine love without expecting anything in return. Those women out of the genuine love for the LORD, paid the price to buy the spices to anoint the dead body of Jesus. Can you give to God by paying the price without expecting anything in return? The best thing that you can give to God are the members of your body as a token of surrender. God is the breaker of barriers.
  1. OPENED HOME: “But they (Disciples) urged Him (LORD Jesus) strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So He went in to stay with them” (Luke 24: 29). Doubt filled the two disciples on their way to Emmaus from Jerusalem. They discussed about Jesus whom they hoped would redeem Israel. Suddenly, Jesus Himself came and walked along with them; but they could not recognize Him. He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself. When they approached Emmaus in the evening, they strongly urged Jesus to stay with them. They opened the home to invite Him. He stayed with them. They invited Him having known Him as a stranger, but we who know Him not as a stranger, can invite Him as the risen LORD. For He arose from the dead. He will enter and revive our dead hopes and reveal Himself that He is alive forevermore. He stands at your heart’s door and knocks. If you can hear His voice and open the door, He will come in and eat with you and you with Him. In this Easter, open your hearts to Him and receive the visitation of the resurrected LORD.
  1. OPENED EYES: “Then their (disciples’) eyes were opened and they recognized Him (LORD Jesus)” (Luke 24: 31). Those two disciples who walked the street towards Emmaus were very sad and gloomy for they were filled with doubt and despair. When the risen Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them, their eyes were opened. Those disciples knew the LORD, but they did not know Him as the risen LORD. That is the reason for their failure. You may have invited Jesus as a the healer and Saviour, but your eyes need to be opened to Jesus who is the risen LORD. If you have the revelation of the risen LORD, then all your fears, doubts, discouragements, sorrows and sadness will flee away. That is why Apostle Paul says, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death” (Philippians 3:10).
  1. OPENED SCRIPTURES: “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24: 32). Those two disciples were really in a confused state of mind. Earlier, they heard from few women that in a vision, they saw angels tell them that Jesus was alive. They also heard that some of their companions found it just as the women had said but they did not see Jesus. Then Jesus opened the Scriptures and explained to them from the Scriptures about Himself, the Messiah, His death and His glory. Since the opened out Scripture is quick and powerful, it burned their hearts. Prophet Jeremiah had the same experience. “His word was in mine heart as a burning fire” (Jeremiah 20:9). At once they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They left for Emmaus with fear and doubt, but they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. There they announced that the LORD had risen. You may be upset about something and filled with fear and doubt. You may have a good Bible knowledge, but still you feel that you are a misfortune. Your sorrow shall be turned into joy. Ask God to reveal Himself to you through His word.
  1. OPENED UNDERSTANDING: “Then He (LORD Jesus) opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45). When the two disciples went to Jerusalem and shared the news of His resurrection, they said, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon” (Luke 24: 34). While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be unto you”(Luke 24: 36). To put at ease the startled and frightened disciples, Jesus showed them His hands and feet and asked them to touch Him. When they still could not believe because of joy and amazement, He asked for a piece of fish and ate it before them. He opened their understanding by explaining to them about His death and resurrection that was written in the Law of Moses (Torah), the Prophets (Nevi-im) and the Psalms (Ketuvim). “The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130). Take a decision in your heart to share the message of His resurrection to others. As you share the resurrection news of the risen LORD, He will stand with you to grant you peace. Today the world believes that Jesus died on the Cross but it also must believe that He rose from the dead. It is the responsibility of the Church to share the news of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  1. OPENED HEAVEN: “While He (LORD Jesus) was blessing them, He left them and was taken up into Heaven” (Luke 24:51). When the risen LORD was about to ascend up to His Father, He led His disciples out to the vicinity of Bethany. He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, they beheld Him. He left them and was taken up into Heaven. The disciples thought that Jesus would be with them forever, but while they looked steadfastly toward Heaven as He went up, two angels stood by them in white apparel saying, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up into Heaven, shall come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1: 11). We are waiting for this day. We do not have to mourn over the ones who died in Christ. Jesus shall bring them with Him. There shall be recognition up in Heaven. We will be garbed with glorified bodies. Those disciples worshipped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy from Mount Olivet and they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

    The blessed openings of His resurrection should do three things in your life. Firstly, it must dispel your worry. That is what it did to Mary Magdalene. Secondly, it must compel you to worship the risen LORD. That is what happened to the disciples. They worshipped and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. Thirdly, it must propel you to witness. In this season, the resurrected Christ gives us all a job of telling others that Jesus Christ has died for our sins but He arose to live forever. We wish you a blessed Easter!

“He (LORD Jesus) will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: For the LORD hath spoken  it” (Isaiah 25:8).