It helps me to realize what the disciples must have been going through. They were traveling, getting to a major city (along with a large number of others), ready to celebrate an important religious holiday, following a beloved leader and teacher. Then their teacher is "taken away," put on trial, convicted and put to death. They are scared -- what now? They are hiding - are we next? When two of the women, in a culture that didn't really follow/believe/listen to women, come and tell them not only is the tomb empty but He IS Risen!! I bet the disciples were standing there with 'say what?!' looks on their faces going -- "okay, now what?!"
Our Gospel reading, this morning, is Matthew 28:1--10. Matthew tends to do "just the facts" for this part of the story. We are told the two women have gone to the tomb, but not why. We are told there has been an earthquake, the stone is rolled back and has an angel sitting on it, the guards are so afraid they have fainted, and the angel speaks to the women. Not only does the angel speak to the women but even as they are running (afraid but willing to do as they are told) to tell Jesus appears to them. They "clasped his feet and worshiped him." (vs. 9) Through their fear, their confusion, and all the other feelings they were experiencing they are "worshiping" Him. Even through the "just the facts" of Matthew we can feel the excitement of "He IS risen!!"
Like the Disciples, however, we need to ask "now what?" Do we really believe He IS risen? IF we really know, that we know, that we KNOW the tomb was (and IS) empty - do we get excited? Do we 'do' what God is calling each of us to -- even if it might be a "new" thing? Do we feel the power (that raised Jesus from the dead) of the Holy Spirit in us? Can we follow the commandment Jesus gave us -- "love one another"? Can we say "He IS risen, indeed!!"?