I have read this chapter many times but when I read the phrase, “But on the first day of the week….” My heart begins to smile and rise up in praise to heaven!! Satan and men may do their worst, “but on the first day of the week. . . .” The wages of sin is death but on the first day of the week death could not hold Him. He had paid for every sin for all time. He rose and showed us the price had been accepted and that He is the Eternal Son of God. He alone could pay that eternal price. “Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord.” He came to those defeated struggling disciples, who even when they saw Him could hardly believe. Yet He came to teach and encourage them again. He is that merciful with me also. Because He is alive he can impart His power to them in all situations and they can walk in “newness of life”. Gal 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” He comforted them with His presence but because He is alive He can comfort me in my sorrows at any time or any place. “Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.” 2 Thess 3:16 It is the living Christ Himself who touches my sorrowing heart. Blessed truth. I have no doubt He is alive. I received the testimony of these who saw Him (through His Word which has been preserved for me). Someone told me and I must tell others. He must open the eyes of others as He did for me and those disciples on the Road to Emmaus.