Matthew 28: 6-7: "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold I have told you."

One of the greatest encouragements in all the world is to receive good news. Today we live in the information age and I have to say that for the most part, 75% of the news we here, especially from the media, is negative. I believe that this has a profound effect upon our peace of mind. I believe there is a great need to filter what we hear.

To hear some good news, news that makes our heart jump for joy, news that makes the darkness disappear and we see the sun coming up over the horizon. When we think about the disciples, and Mary Magdalene and the other Mary who had come to see the tomb. They had come to prepare the body of Jesus.

How many of us are like these two ladies, the bad news that Jesus had been crucified and was dead had trumped all their hope and belief that a better way of life is ahead. But most important they loved Jesus, they looked to Jesus. Now all their hopes and dreams had been dashed and now it looked like hopelessness. We are like them, that we trudge on, even when the news is bad, and that was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, but oh how that is fixing to change.

They go to the tomb and an Angel is waiting for them to tell them the greatest news the world has ever heard, He is alive, He is not here. That great news was not just for those in Jesus day but it was for you and me and the whole world.

Because of this news, “He is not here, for He has risen,” you and I have nothing to fear. The sting of death has been taken out and we are never to be separated from God ever again. Because of this news, we will see our loved ones for they are in the safe keeping of the Lord. Because of this great news we never have to go through the storms of life by ourselves again.

I think that most of the bad news we hear today produces or is motivated by fear. Yet the Bible tells us in I John 4:18 “perfect love cast out fear”. Those who produce the news know that they can motivate most people by making them afraid. If you will notice the Angel said to them “do not be afraid” because the greatest news in all the world does not bring fear but joy and hope.

\My friend who stands afar off, this wonderful news is for you and your family. Jesus came to give us life and to give it to us abundantly. Will you on this Easter Sunday, humble yourself down, and tell the Lord, I want this great news to be applied to me and my family.

Pastor Lee Cruse, who longs for Heaven and to see what awaits, until then I must work while it is day.