Matthew 28:1-10

Matthew 28:1-10 … The resurrection dominates the last chapter of Matthew; as well it should our own thinking about these events. If proof was needed at this point (and I don’t think it was nor is), the resurrection is defining proof that Jesus is God incarnate, who came in the form of man for our salvation. In all the accounts of the resurrection, there is no dispute regarding the empty grave: on the strength of many witness accounts, Jesus was raised and resurrected from death to live and reign forever.

The angel’s instruction to the women who first came to the gravesite early Sunday morning is most telling. The angel gave them four directives: come, see, go, and tell. And of course these are things that every believer ought to do: First, come to Christ, the living Lord. Then see Him and determine all you possibly can about Him. And then go and tell as many people as you can, as often as you can. Your personal testimony is perhaps the most valuable thing you have to share with others. Finally, we can observe that the resurrected Christ first appeared to women (v.9). Their personal testimony and credibility motivated Peter and John to come and see. And then Peter and John did the going and telling. Easter is only once a year, but we can celebrate the resurrection every day. Not to be repetitious, but after reading today’s Gospel account, you might want to sing the wonderful hymn “He’s Alive.” It often brings tears of joy to my eyes.

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