The Resurrection of the King (Matthew 28:1-10)
In most biographies the last chapter written is about the person s death, because this is the last thing that happened to the man or woman. After a person dies that is it. There is not much more that can be said about a person after the person dies. The writing about the life ends where the life ends. After death the person will do no more and say no more. George Washington did not serve as our president after he died! Babe Ruth did not hit any more home runs after he died. Bach and Mozart and Beethoven did not write any more music after they died! Dead people just do not do such things. The man (or woman) has passed on and no other chapter can be written about the person’s actual life.
The inspired biography of Jesus Christ is quite amazing. Notice that Matthew 27 (about the death of Christ) is not the last chapter! There is another chapter (chapter 28) which tells about a risen Christ! After the account of the death of Christ, the Lord’s life story is not all over! We read more! We find this Man still doing certain things and saying certain things. The One who had been dead lives again. His biography continues on.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is mentioned at least 104 times in the New Testament. Without the resurrection there would be no gospel, no salvation, no Christianity and no message of hope for men.
Suppose a religious or political leader living today began to make the following announcement over the radio: “I want you all to know that when I go to London, my enemies will murder me and my body will be buried. However, in less than a week’s time I will be raised from the dead and hundreds of people will see me alive.” What an extraordinary prediction coming from the lips of any man! Who would ever believe such a thing? The Lord Jesus made just this kind of prediction repeatedly (Matthew 16:21; 17:9; 17:22-23; 20:18-19; 26:32), and as already mentioned, even His enemies were aware of this prediction (Matthew 27:63). This is why Matthew 28:6 says that He is risen as He said! The Lord Jesus was not a deceiver (compare Matthew 27:63) because what He had said was perfectly fulfilled.
Note that the stone was rolled away by the angel (Matthew 28:2) not by the Lord. The purpose of this was not to allow Jesus to get out of the tomb, but rather to show everyone that the tomb was already empty—“He is not here!” (verse 6). To some the risen Lord made personal appearances (verse 9) and these people became eye and ear witnesses (they both saw and heard the risen Lord; indeed they even touched Him--verse 9).
Matthew 28:1-10 Breakdown
The Resurrection 1Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
Where are all of the men? When men refuse to lead, women will take up the slack.
2Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it.
This was an unusual earthquake which was created and controlled by God. This would surely wake up any sleeping guards. And an angel came down from heaven and rolled the 4,000 pound stone away. Yet they heard nothing.
3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.
The angel was brightly covered, possibly reflecting the Shekinah Glory of God.
4The guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him.
The Roman guards were known for their courage, but they had never seen anything like this during their military service.
5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
The angel ignores the soldiers and speaks softly to the women. Women were the first to hear the good news of the resurrection.
6He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying.
Jesus predicted that He would be raised from the dead after three days.
7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you!”
Jesus told the disciples to meet Him in Galilee after His resurrection (Matt 26:32). He sent the women back to remind them of this appointment.
8 So they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
The women were scared, but joyous. Their Savior was alive.
9 But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him.
The women worshiped Jesus as God. Angels do not allow others to worship them.
10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”
This Galilee appointment was mentioned for the third time.
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