Early the first day of the week, the King rose from the tomb. (Mark 16, Luke 24)
Mary Magdalene saw him first.
“Woman, why are you crying? Who do you seek?” he asked.
Standing at the empty tomb weeping, Mary Magdalene didn’t recognise the King.
“They’ve taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve laid him. If you have taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
“Mary” the King said.
“Teacher” she cried in recognition, turning to him.
After being in the belly of the earth for three days and nights, even preaching to those who’d perished in the flood of Noah, the Lord had returned from death. (1 Peter 3:19)
He said, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God.” (John 20)
Obeying him, Mary, Joanna and Mary the mother of James went and told the disciples the Lord had risen, but they were not believed.
Meanwhile the Lord entered the Kingdom of Heaven, the keys of Death and Hell in his hands. The gates of Hell had not prevailed against him. Walking across the sapphire pavement, the resurrected Son of God approached the throne of his Father.
The eyes of the creatures hailed their creator as the angels formed a rank of honour. All bowed down as he passed.
A throne awaited him.
But first, before mounting the stairs to take his place at the right hand of the Father, the Son of God presented himself as the first of the harvest.
Looking ahead to the harvest of mankind that awaited, the angels sang for joy. The creatures added their voice, “Hail to the First-fruits of the earth.”
All of Heaven rose to their feet as the Father rose from his throne, accepting the sinless offering of the earth.
The Son of Man would serve as the High Priest of the New Covenant in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.
The sanctuary built by Moses was a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. Hebrews 8.
The only man-made thing in this place were the scars on the King’s body.
Now Heaven would await the arrival of the Church of the Firstborn.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18