Matthew – Fulfilled.
There is no one on this earth that you can trust completely for we are human. But we can always trust what Jesus promises. He will never let us down, is always at work to save us and lift our eyes upward to trust in Him. He is the One Who can transform us, day by day, one step at a time, until we become more and more like Him in our behavior. We cannot do this ourselves alone. We need help. We are all in need of our Savior and Lord. Life begins when we allow Him to do what is needed in us to be all He intended for us to be. Just as He said.
Matthew 27 and 28, The Message
57-61 Late in the afternoon a wealthy man from Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, arrived. His name was Joseph. He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate granted his request. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linens, put it in his own tomb, a new tomb only recently cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the entrance. Then he went off. But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary stayed, sitting in plain view of the tomb.
62-64 After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate. They said, “Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will be raised.’ We’ve got to get that tomb sealed until the third day. There’s a good chance his disciples will come and steal the corpse and then go around saying, ‘He’s risen from the dead.’ Then we’ll be worse off than before, the final deceit surpassing the first.”
65-66 Pilate told them, “You will have a guard. Go ahead and secure it the best you can.” So they went out and secured the tomb, sealing the stone and posting guards.
Risen from the Dead
28 1-4 After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move.
5-6 The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.
7 “Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ That’s the message.”
8-10 The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb. They ran to tell the disciples. Then Jesus met them, stopping them in their tracks. “Good morning!” he said. They fell to their knees, embraced his feet, and worshiped him. Jesus said, “You’re holding on to me for dear life! Don’t be frightened like that. Go tell my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, and that I’ll meet them there.”
11-15 Meanwhile, the guards had scattered, but a few of them went into the city and told the high priests everything that had happened. They called a meeting of the religious leaders and came up with a plan: They took a large sum of money and gave it to the soldiers, bribing them to say, “His disciples came in the night and stole the body while we were sleeping.” They assured them, “If the governor hears about your sleeping on duty, we will make sure you don’t get blamed.” The soldiers took the bribe and did as they were told. That story, cooked up in the Jewish High Council, is still going around.
THINK ABOUT IT…
–It is interesting that even Jesus enemies, the religious leaders, were concerned with what Jesus had said about rising in three days. It is uncanny that they told Pilate exactly what Jesus said, “preaching” the first sermon to him about the risen Christ without believing in Him!
–And “just as He said” Jesus DID rise from the grave! He defeated death. He won over evil by going to hell with our sins on His shoulders! We are now redeemed, IF we accept him as our Savior and follow Him as our Lord!
–The women kept watch over the borrowed tomb where they laid the body of Jesus. Borrowed because He would not be there long! A brand new tomb that produced a new day for us! The owner of the tomb rolled a large stone in front of the opening. The soldiers stood watch over it protecting it.
–The women who stood watch were rewarded with seeing Jesus first. They were the first to “Go and tell”. They were the first to worship their risen Lord! They only left Him to go and tell.
–Religious leaders ordered the tomb to be sealed in fear that “just as He said” He would come out of that tomb alive or that His followers would lie about it. BUT all these efforts failed. An angel rolled the stone away from the tomb’s opening to reveal the emptiness to all watching. Jesus’ brief stay, just as He said, only left the sheets folded where they had laid Him three days before. HE IS ALIVE…still!
–AND this resurrection power is living in us who believe and follow!
Just as He said.
Dear Heavenly Father, I am a mess with message of your saving power and restoration. Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking my sin and setting me free. Thank you, Father for loving us this much. I’m listening for You today. I’m looking and watching for You to show up in the details of this day. I trust You. Thank you.
In Jesus Name, Amen