Guards were placed at the tomb of Jesus.
The high priest feared Christ's disciples stealing
His body during the night.
The two Marys went home to sleep.
During the night an angel of the Lord appeared
at Christ's tomb.
Suddenly there was a loud bang, and the great
stone broke apart.
The guards were so afraid they fainted.
In the morning the two Marys returned to stand
vigil, for today was the third day.
Upon arriving they were shocked to find the stone
lying in pieces on the ground
in front of the tomb.
Upon entering they found it barren except for
the blood stained linen Jesus had been
And two men standing just off to the side.
Their robes gleamed like lightning.
They asked, "Why do you look for Jesus here?
He is risen!
He has gone before you to Galilee and will see
The two Marys rushed off to Galilee
to where His disciples were staying.
They told them of what they had seen and heard.
A few doubted, Thomas being one.
Then in the open doorway a shining bright
The figure that stepped out of the light
Bearing scars on each wrist and on each ankle
and one on His right side.
He held out both hands, smiled and said:
"Do not be afraid for I am risen as I said
Even Thomas lost his doubts.
Jesus then said: "I am leaving for now,
but, fear not, I will be returning soon"
Jesus then added, "When I leave, the promised
Comforter will come upon you all,
do not be afraid it is the Holy Spirit of God."
With that Jesus disappeared in a cloud.
Then everything began to shake
and a mighty rushing wind forced its' way
through the narrow doorway.
As it swirled around each one gathered there.
Flames appeared in place of the roaring wind.
The roaring became all the louder,
and the flames began to swirl
around each person.
Then began to dance over each person's head.
Then all the flames were gone.
Each person there became enraptured.
Shouting for joy, "Jesus Christ our Lord has
And they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
They all then departed to go their separate ways.
To follow Christ's directions, to make disciples
of all nations.
Christ came, He saw, He died, He arose.
The world had been changed forever.
SCOTT DAVID BUCKLEY-(01/04/2013)