Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James arrived at Christ’s tomb just as the light of day began to pour over the horizon. It was only two days prior that Mary had watched the soldiers heave the heavy wooden cross into its painful vertical position. Now, interrupting the sadness in their hearts, the Angel of the Lord met them at the the tomb, declaring that Christ was not dead, but He was risen. In His resurrected splendor, Jesus appeared to them, commissioning them to go and tell His brethren.
1 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. 2 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. 3 -- His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.Matthew 28:1-10