2021_04_19 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Matthew 28
Once again, I find myself longing for more details. Matthew chapter 28 tells us the soldiers guarding the tomb saw the angel. They knew they had witnessed something miraculous.
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. Matthew 28, 2-4 (NLT)
It would be kind of hard to unsee something like that! And yet, they were bribed to keep their mouths shut. Matthew tells us that they took the money and did what they were instructed. But how do you reconcile something like that in your mind? Did they ever tell anyone, or did they genuinely keep it to themselves? Did it make a spiritual impact on them?
Interestingly, the angel did not address the guards, only the women who were there. The women were the first to receive the good news that Jesus had risen from the dead, just as He said He would. As they hurry away to tell the others, Jesus appears to them, and they cling to Him. I love how The Message tells this:
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.” Matthew 28: 8-10 (The Message)
I can imagine the scene: the women with racing hearts, clinging to their Savior “for dear life,” not wanting to risk losing Him again. Jesus reassures them and entrusts them to go and tell the most powerful message of all time. What a beautiful picture.
As we wrap up Matthew’s biography this week, spend some time looking back over the book. What stood out to you? Was there anything that confused you? What can you take away and apply to your own journey with Jesus?
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