Matthew 27:57 to Matthew 28:20
Today’s reading depicts the events surrounding the burial and Resurrection of Jesus. His body was placed in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea. Following the release by Pilate, the chief priest and Pharisees went to a great length to have the tomb guarded and watched on Pilate’s orders to ensure Jesus’ testimony of his resurrection on the third day wouldn’t materialize. There was however a great earthquake on the third day and an angel of God rolled away the stone and informed Mary Magdalene that Jesus has risen. The guards having narrated all that had happened at the tomb to the chief priest, connived with the chief priest to spread the news that Jesus’ body was stolen by his disciples. Jesus appeared to his disciples in Galiliee and affirmed that all power in heaven and on earth has been given unto him.
He gave the mandate to his disciples to share the good news of God’s kingdom by making disciples of all nations. He geared them not to be afraid but rather to be of good courage because he would always be with them.
As Christians have received the spirit to be victorious, so nothing can hold us down. Christ Jesus is with us always; we should not be afraid but rather be of good courage, whilst we replicate the life of Christ and expand the kingdom of God here on earth.
I am an overcomer, and so I will replicate the life of Christ here on earth. I am a carrier of the good news in Christ Jesus. Nations will be reconciled to God through me in Jesus name.
Reading – Matthew 27:57 to Matthew 28:20
The Burial of Jesus
57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tombthat he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
The Guard at the Tomb
62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stoneand posting the guard.
Jesus Has Risen
28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdaleneand the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them,“Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
The Guards’ Report
11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
– All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.