5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
There are two events at the center of Christianity that are so central to the faith that if either one of them is untrue then Christianity would be false. These two key tenants of our faith are the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus had not died then he did not pay for the penalty of our sins which would leave us still under the wrath of God’s condemnation. If he had not been resurrected then the application of his death could not have been made effective for us and again we would be still left in our sins. If either of these points were falsified then we would be fools to continue in the façade of Christianity (see I Cor. 15), but the truth of the matter is that they did happen and these women who were coming to the tomb were eyewitnesses to both his death and his resurrection. They knew that Jesus had actually died, was buried and that Sunday morning they experienced the truth that he had risen from the dead. My friends we cannot be an eyewitness to these events like these women or the disciples, but we can be confident in their testimony, we can be confident in the truth that God has revealed to us in his Word, we can be confident because the Spirit of God makes these truths real in our lives. So don’t abandon the truth of Christ substitutionary death on the cross or his resurrection from the dead as many are doing these days for when we forsake these truths you forsake all hope in this life and the life to come. So stand firm in your faith, stand firm in these truths and do not waver, but believe.