Thursday was a day of instruction, a day of betrayal, denial, and trial. Friday brought pain, suffering, death, and immeasurable grief. Then came Saturday, a day filled with fear, grief, confusion, disillusion, and mourning.
But today is Sunday! And Sunday brings joy for the Lord no longer lies in that cold, dark tomb. He is risen, just as He said (Luke 24:6-8). And so, the disciples rejoiced, just as Jesus said they would. Their grief was turned to joy - a joy that could not be taken away (John 16:20-22).
As the disciples rejoiced, so we rejoice because we do not serve a Savior who is dead and buried, but a Savior who is alive. We rejoice because, by His death and resurrection, Jesus conquered sin and death and made a way for us to enjoy eternal life with Him in heaven. The chains of our sin have been broken because the Lord is risen. He is risen indeed!