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Luke 24:1-6 (NIV)

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!

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He did not merely tell us that death need have no terror for us–He rose from the dead, and lo, the tomb now glows with light. Many teachers of the world have tried to explain everything–they have changed little or nothing. Jesus explained little and changed everything. Many teachers have tried to diagnose the disease of humanity–Jesus cures it. Many teachers have told us why the patient is suffering and that he should bear it with fortitude–Jesus tells him to take up his bed and walk. Many philosophers speculate on how evil entered the world–Jesus presents Himself as the way by which it shall leave.  He did not go into long discussions about the way to God and the possibility of finding Him–He quietly said to men, “I am the Way.” Many speculate with Pilate and ask, “What is truth?” Jesus shows Himself and says, “I am the Truth.”. . . Jesus defines life itself, by presenting Himself and saying, “I am the Life.” Anyone who truly looks upon Him knows in the inmost depths of his soul that he is looking on Life itself.

-E. Stanley Jones, The Christ of the Indian Road

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