"Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb." (Matthew 28:1 NLT)
Shortly after the women arrived and found the empty tomb, Jesus appeared to them and said, "Look, I'm here. It's Me! Touch Me. Tell My disciples I'm alive." Later that day He appeared to the disciples and that appearance changed everything.
The message was clear: Neither sin, nor hate, nor evil, nor even death would have the final word. God, in raising Jesus from the dead, was shouting to the human race: Love has conquered hate, grace has conquered sin, hope has conquered despair, and life has conquered death! Love, grace, hope, life -- these have the final word because of Christ's resurrection. That is our defining story as Christians.
-- Adam Hamilton in The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus