The Passion Week was over and the Passover was through, the first day of the week was dawning, but something was different! This man whom the Jews and the Romans crucified, Jesus of Nazareth, was gone from the tomb where they buried Him. When the women got to the garden early that morning, the body of Jesus was gone from the tomb because He had said that on that third day, after He was crucified, that He would rise from the dead and the tomb would be empty.
The old enemy of mankind, sin and death, were defeated at the cross and the empty tomb by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Darkness had come over all the lives of the followers of Jesus after the Savior died there on Calvary; they thought all was lost and expected that He would be in the tomb forever. But when Jesus rose from the dead and then appeared to them, they could not refuse to believe. Just take Thomas, who will forever be remembered for his doubting about Jesus being alive; I would rather you remember Thomas as the one who, without a shadow of doubt, saw the resurrected Jesus and then bowed down and declared, “My Lord my God!”
Like Thomas, some of us have doubted and we need to hear Jesus tell us as well, “Stop doubting and believe.”
Jesus’ resurrection is the whole key to Christianity. When you and I talk to people, we need to remember that the resurrection is what makes us different and is unique in our faith, we believe in the Savior and Lord who was dead and buried but rose from the dead to live forever more. In rising from the dead, Jesus gives to those who believe in Him, the power to have eternal life. The Gospel is - Jesus died, was buried and then was raised from the dead on the third day.