Remember what he said?

They believed in the resurrection, but they didn’t think that it was now. They expected a dead body in Lazarus’s tomb and they expected a dead body in Jesus’ tomb. But the time was exactly right for the reign of death to end that morning (St. Paul says, “the fullness of time”). Instead of what they expected, they got an ear full from angels. “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” Everything has been turned on its nose. The reign of death is over and the reign of life has begun. This Jesus can’t be in the grave. He is alive and alive is not right for tombs. “Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” Ah, yes, all of the Law is completed in this Jesus and all that the Prophets spoke concerning him pointed to this day. This is the long awaited Messiah. This is the one promised in the Garden of Eden that would crush the head of the ancient serpent. Alleluia, the resurrection is now, the resurrection is for you. Alleluia, Jesus is alive and he gives eternal life, his life, to you. So let us meditate on the word of the Law and the Prophets. Let’s ruminate on the stories of the One who conquered death and the devil. Let us rejoice in the resurrection now applied to us in our baptism. Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!