Matthew 28:5,6 NKJV - "But the angel answered and said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified, He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.'"
HE IS NOT HERE...HE IS RISEN!! Those words literally have changed the whole dismal picture of mankind!! Before Christ had risen from the dead the world was caught in an awful quagmire of sin and failure with no hope! As we have noted in previous passages without the resurrection of Christ there was nothing to change the eternal destiny of anyone! If Christ was still in the grave the best we could hope for was being eternally buried!
But now that Christ has risen from the dead we have a living hope! We know that believing in Him means exactly what John 3:16 says, "...we should not perish but have everlasting life." Our eternal destiny rises from the grave to the joy of heaven where we will enjoy the promise of Psalm 16:11, "...in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."