(1-10) The Resurrection
The earthquake that took place at Jesus’ crucifixion was one of sorrow at the suffering of the righteous one, but the earthquake that took place at His resurrection was one of joy. The earth mourned at the death of its Creator, and rejoiced at His new and eternal life.
When He was alive, Jesus the Christ repeatedly told His disciples that after three days He would rise again. Why were they not at the tomb on the third day waiting to welcome Him when He came out? Because they did not believe His words. The angel reminded the women that the tomb was empty “as he said” it would be. The disciples should not have doubted that Jesus was risen. They should have expected it. Just like the disciples, it is possible to spend a lot of time with God, without ever actually believing what He tells us. Every word of God is true and every promise He ever made will come to pass – believe it.
(11-15) The Report of the Guard
We shouldn’t be surprised at those who try to discredit the resurrection of Jesus the Christ today. They were doing it back then. The chief priests knew the truth, and they outright rejected it. The lies they made up are harder to believe than the fact that a man permanently came back from the dead.
(16-20) The Great Commission
We can be fearless in fulfilling the Great Commission because Christ is with us and will be with us always, even to the end of time.
Favorite verse: (6) He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.