Christ’s resurrection from the dead is as startling as it is serene; as gentle as it is omnipotent. The soldiers around His tomb seem blinded by the Light that shines in His resurrection, and lay on the ground unconscious.
Contrary to all expectations, hopes and fears, Jesus is Risen from the dead, forever alive, and His victory is only just beginning.
The light of the Lord’s resurrection is bright with an everlasting brightness. Jesus’ resurrection ever shines in our hearts and minds to dispel all darkness, fear and debility, whenever we turn to Him with trust.
Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (St John 8:12).
From now on, there is no stopping His light from shining until the day when He perfects His everlasting Kingdom in our midst, until the day:
“When all things are subjected to him, then the Son [of God] himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28)
St John wrote for us:
“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’
“So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.
“Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.”
Saint John’s Gospel, chapter 20: 1-10