Dead and gone.
Gone where? Gone?
He is not here, but is risen!
John and Peter saw the evidence – grave clothes without a body in them.
Mary saw him alive and thought he was someone else – until he spoke her name.
And later he spoke to all the disciples. They saw the wounds of nail and spear, felt his smile, breathed his peace, and realized he had conquered death.
They would not have risked their reputations for a hoax.
They would not have risked their lives for a fable.
They could not have risked the faith of their Jewish forefathers for anything less than the promised Messiah, the risen savior of all who believe.
Jesus lives and so can we. Death is not the final word. Death does not win!
If we take Jesus at his word.
If we believe him.
Believe and live.
John 20:1-20, The Holy Bible