In this resurrection narrative Luke records the arrival of women at the tomb of Jesus. The body of Jesus is gone and the women are therefore perplexed. The words of the angels teach us some vital lessons about our great need; for the Word of God, for a Living Saviour, and for the Holy Spirit.
Jesus of Nazareth was given the name Jesus because ‘He will save His people from their sins’ (Matt 1:21). In Luke’s account of the crucifixion we have three occasions when Jesus spoke from the cross. These should cause us to see what a glorious and complete salvation Christ has purchased for all those who are His.
The reformer John Calvin stated well that for believers, it is ‘disgraceful and unreasonable for them to be silent in the praises of God.’
In this psalm the writer piles up reason upon reason why we should rejoice and look confidently to the future: By considering the character of God Himself, His goodness and greatness, God’s people are compelled to praise Him joyfully, to fear Him humbly, and to trust Him confidently.