1Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
8So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
P: He is risen!
C: He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. God created light, the atmosphere, land, seas, and plants. God created the sun, moon, and stars. He created the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and every animal that moves about on the face of the earth. Last of all on the sixth day, God created man. God formed Adam out of the dust of the ground.
God made Adam king of all creation. God told Adam to have dominion over everything that moves on the earth. God made a queen for Adam, his wife Eve. God placed Adam and Eve in paradise. God told Adam and Eve to have lots of children and fill the earth and subdue it. Adam and Eve began a glorious reign over creation.
But Satan came. Satan came and the preacher from hell preached to Eve that she should not be content. The devil deceitfully said that Adam and Eve could rise above simply being king and queen of creation. The father of lies told them that, if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they could be like God. Adam didn’t step in and tell Satan to go away. Even though God had graciously warned Adam that the day he ate of that tree he would surely die, Queen Eve ate and gave the fruit to King Adam as well.
They believed the lie and ate the fruit. The legacy of Adam and Eve’s reign is death. Because the king of creation fell into death, all of creation is subject to death. Adam’s legacy is hospitals, funeral homes, tombs, and graves.
They believed the lie of Satan and disbelieved the truth of God’s word. Adam and Eve now lived in terror of the God they had sinned against. God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, and set angels with flaming swords to guard the way to the tree of life.
But before God did that, He made a promise to Adam and Eve. God promised to send a new King. God promised that the Seed of the woman would come and fight against Satan. In that battle Satan would bruise the heel of the King, but the King would conquer and crush the head of Satan.
That very battle took place on Good Friday. Jesus, the holy Son of God who knew no sin, willingly walked among us sinners. He willingly walked through this creation filled with Adam’s legacy of death and fear. Jesus, too, heard Satan preach to Him. However, Jesus knew that the devil’s sermons were full of lies.
Everywhere King Jesus went, He walked all over Satan’s false promises. Jesus stomped on the legacy of Adam. Instead of sickness and death, Jesus brought health and life.
Jesus strolled through this world full of graves and cemeteries taking all the sin and death upon Himself. Even though King Jesus was whipped and beaten, even though He was carrying the load of the sin of the world, Jesus willingly walked to the cross.
There devil hurled every accusation of sin at Jesus, and Christ has answered for all of it. Because of that, Satan has nothing left. The devil has no more strength.
Jesus hung on the tree, and Satan took a bite from that Fruit. Satan saw the fruit of the Son of God hanging on the tree and took a bite. Satan thought he got what he wanted. King Jesus was crucified, dead, and buried. Satan had bruised Christ’s heel.
But in taking that bite, Satan’s head was crushed.
King Jesus has risen, just as He said. Jesus has taken you back. You belong to Him. Jesus has once again opened the way to paradise. There are no more angels with flaming swords guarding the way to life. The angels now simply sit on the futile stone which had guarded a grave that now stands empty. The angel sits there laughing at death and the devil.
Just as the grave cannot hold Jesus, it will not hold you who have died with Jesus in your baptism.
The King is risen, and you are risen with Him. Amen.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.
 I am thankful for Rev. David Petersen’s and Rev. Ralph Tausz’s homilies on this text as inspiration for this sermon.