“Do Not be Afraid” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 28:1-10
The message of Easter, “do not be afraid, for Christ is risen.” When Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” arrived at the tomb the morning of the third day and saw that the stone was rolled away, these were the first words the angel said to them, “do not be afraid,” then went on to explain how God raised Jesus to life, just as Jesus had said. When we celebrate Easter, we celebrate the power of our risen Lord, the power that conquers death and gives us renewed life. Our Savior and Lord has risen, and so we must remember, to not be afraid.