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Before the Breaking Dawn

It is written, “Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise. They were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?’” (Mark 16:2-3, CSB). The women expected to find a cold stone, a reminder of the sorrow and separation death brings, blocking the way to the broken body of Jesus. However, the large stone was moved and his body missing!  

Inside the tomb, the women heard the message of hope. The angel declared, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here! See the place where they put him” (Mark 16:6). The tomb was empty. The grave emptied; emptied of its hold on humanity!

Before the breaking dawn, the Son arose vanquishing the dark night of sin and separation. It is written, “For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, CSB). Easter is a dividing line in the sands of eternity. It defines two groups: those born of Adam and those born again by faith in Christ’s resurrection. For it is written, “The one who has the Son has life. The one who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12, CSB). Which are you?

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