Matthew 28:7-8 "Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you." So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
an earthquake - we donít have them much, but how would you feel if the ground started rolling beneath your feet with a shaking that could split stone?
an angel - we donít see them much, although it has become more popular to talk about them. Especially those angels which have charge over us, to watch and to guard. The angels which guard, do no need to appear to us to do their duty, but they would appear to those who would hurt or harm us. So if an angel appeared to you, what would be your first thought, and how would you feel?
He is risen, how similar to the Christmas angels, whose message, He is born, was glad tidings of great joy to all people. He is risen, the tomb is empty. He is risen, the grave could not hold Him. He is risen, death had no power over Him. He is risen, just as he said. And isnít that the way it is with the things of God, that they turn out just as he said they would, though often they donít make sense, and though we can never see the way, all things are possible with God, and he brings them to pass.
fear and great joy. How can two things so different be together? Its hard to understand. Either God is our friend, or, well weíd rather not think about the God who judges, the God who hates sin. You see there are many who fear God because they fear that He will punish them. And while this is wise and prudent, there is another fear of God, a fear that comes from awe. And while we may be awed by special effects and illusions, there is a wholly different awe that comes from things which are just as grand and spectacular, but are not illusions, they are real. And the worship of God is praising him for his mighty deeds and awesome works.
And joy, because this mighty deed is our salvation worked out before the eyes of all people. The forgiveness of sin, peace with God, and everlasting life, Godís gift to us in Christ, and assured by the resurrection.