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The women return from the grave, after Jesus’ resurrection

Matthew 28:8

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

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Matthew 28:1-8
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

About this painting

After the burial of the body of Jesus, at dawn of the first day of the week, a few women come to the grave to embalm Him. From the account of the four gospels we may conclude that an earthquake comes about and an angel, whose appearance is like a flash of lightning, rolls back the stone. The angel, or angels, speak to the women and proclaim the resurrection of Jesus.
After experiencing these awesome events ‘the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell His disciples’. Matthew 28:8
On their way, the fear makes place for joy, and mourning veils are cast off!

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