Jesus the Risen Lord!
Scripture reading for February 9th: Matthew 28
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 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. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He is risen, just as He said.”” (Matthew 28:1-6) This angelic visitation brought a violent earthquake and terror to those soldiers guarding the tomb! The stone was rolled back while they were ‘like dead men’. This angel spoke to the women who had followed Jesus and told them not to be afraid but to tell the disciples!
As they hurried away, Jesus Himself met them with a greeting! They fell at His feet and worshiped! He also assured them and calmed their fears, sending them to the disciples. The guards, however, ran to the chief priests and told them what had happened. They devised a plan and a story to cover up the angel’s appearance and empty tomb! The lie was widely circulated and even today is believed by those with hard hearts!
Matthew records Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)