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Live Man Walking

Key References: Matthew 28:1-15; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18; The Desire of Ages, chap. 80, pp. 769-778; chap. 81, pp. 779-787; chap. 82, pp. 788-794; The Bible Story (1994), vol. 9, pp. 134-155; Our Beliefs nos. 9, 4, 11

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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).

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We can enthusiastically share the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Have you ever lost someone close to you? Did you still want to see that person? Did you think, talk, and even dream about that person? That’s what happens when you love someone.

It was still dark when a woman named Mary set out from her home. She walked carefully along the road carrying her jar of spices. At a bend in the road she saw a figure waiting.

“Good morning, Joanna,” she called out.

“Good morning, my sister,” replied Joanna. “Did you rest well?”

“Not really. I can’t believe He’s dead,” said Mary quietly.

“Neither can I,” said Joanna, sniffing as her eyes filled with tears.

“How kind of Joseph to make his tomb available for Jesus! This way we can make the necessary preparations for His burial.”

The women continued in silence as they walked the rest of the way to the tomb where Jesus lay.

The sun was just starting to brighten the landscape as they approached the tomb.

“Oh, look,” said Mary. “Someone came and rolled away the stone for us.”

The women entered the tomb, ready to minister to the Savior’s body. When they saw the empty burial bed, with the burial cloths neatly folded at the head, they could only look at one another in disbelief.

“Wh— Wh— Where is He?” Mary finally stammered.

Suddenly the tomb was filled with light as two angels in gleaming clothes appeared.

One of the angels said, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!” The other angel added, “Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again’ ” (Luke 24:5-7).

The women slowly looked at one another. “Yes!” they shouted together. They hugged one another and cried tears of relief and joy.

“We’ve got to tell the others!” they exclaimed in unison.

The women ran from the tomb and hurried into the city to tell the disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead.

Meanwhile, Mary Magdalene had been the very first person to the tomb that morning. She had seen it empty and had already run to tell Peter and John. Now Peter and John ran toward the tomb, but John ran faster and reached it first. He looked inside and saw the folded burial cloth.

But Peter, needing to see for himself, bent over and stepped inside the tomb. John, who had been waiting outside, also entered the tomb. Looking around, he believed that the news was true. Jesus had risen! Other disciples joined them briefly, and then they all walked thoughtfully back to the city.

Mary Magdalene returned to the tomb, quietly weeping. His body is gone, and I will never see Him again, she grieved.

Deciding to leave, she bent over for one last look in the tomb. She gasped. The two angels the other women had seen earlier were back.

“Woman, why are you crying?” they asked.

“They have taken my Lord away,” Mary sobbed, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

Sensing the presence of someone behind her, Mary Magdalene turned around and saw a man standing there.

“Woman, why are you crying?” He asked, kindly. “Who is it you are looking for?”

Mary thought He was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, wiping her eyes, “if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” “Mary,” called a very familiar voice.

“Rabboni [my teacher]!” Mary exclaimed, bowing to His feet.

“Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father,” He said. “Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’ ” (see John 20:11-17).

Mary could hardly contain her joy as she ran into the city. She pounded on the door, calling to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord! He is alive! He has risen, just as He said He would!” (see verse 18).