He is risen...

That is my favorite thought for Easter. Many focus on his death, but today is resurrection day. Today, He defeated death and ascended to the right hand of the Father in fulfillment of the scriptures. Today, we are forgiven through His sacrifice and saved from our life of separation from God the Father. Jesus conquered our sin on the cross and connected us to our Creator who so loves us. We ARE His bride and His beloved. Dear ones! How blessed that makes us.

On this day, as Mary Magdalene, Peter and John (the most beloved of Jesus) go to the tomb where Jesus was buried. The boulder covering the entry is moved and the linens are devoid of his body. For He is risen. Peter and John leave and Mary Magdalene is still at the tomb when Jesus appears to her (John 20:11-18, NIV):
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” 
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Can you imagine seeing our risen Lord in this manner. After losing Him in his physical form and not yet knowing that He will be leaving you with the Counselor/Comfortor (Holy Spirit)? His disciples must have been lost in longing and despair for a most loved friend and teacher. How blessed are we to know He is risen INDEED! And that He did this for US! Be blessed for you are dear to Him, Beloved!

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