In hell, Satan gloated, "Our purpose has been accomplished, quite well accomplished, for we have managed to bring him down–the one who called himself God, the Savior, he who spoke of his kingdom and who tried to build the church with cowardly fishermen. Yes, look at him now. We have defeated him!"
Vile laughter echoed through the inky corridors of hell. "Observe him well," Satan surely continued. "Safely crammed away in Joseph's tomb; this king, this so called redeemer lies wound in death sheets." From deep in the bowels of hell, his face smeared with evil grin, Satan led the raucous celebration. He lifted high the key. "Yes, today, I am the master. Only I, now hold the keys of death and hell."
Suddenly, a white hot Being surged through the evil passageways. With blasting power and absolute authority, Jesus snatched away the keys. Thunder roared and lightening flashed.
" In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
YES, HE IS RISEN!
(I am sorry for this very late Easter message. I tried to post at 5:00 am, and throughout the early morning, but for some reason I could not do so. I thought to merely skip this post, but I just couldn't leave Jesus in the grave! I know some of you have celebrated all day…but here's to one more recounting of the wonderful story of the resurrection. Forever, will He reign.)