Luke 24:1–3 (ESV) 1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, Mary Magdalene and Mary mother of James went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Jesus suffered the most cruel physical death – plus suffering for all of our sins resulting in the overwhelming anguish forcing Jesus to cry out, “My God My God why have you forsaken ME!” Jesus, fully man and yet fully God, hangs on the cross a God forsaken man. After a three-year ministry, after the Cross, what happened that first EASTER Sunday? First of all, we do not have any evidence that any of Jesus’ followers thought HE would rise from the dead. None of them! Embarrassingly, Jesus enemies were keenly aware that Jesus had proclaimed HIS resurrection because they asked Pilate to post a guard at Jesus’ tomb so that no one would steal the body and thus perpetuate HIS fraud.