• Rusty Coram

2021_04_21 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- Matthew 28

There is an old saying that goes, “There are none so blind as those who will not see”. I have been involved in a situation recently where the truth of this quote has been born out. What is clearly obvious to others, is being totally missed by someone who is in very real danger of ruining their life. In the last chapter of Matthew, we see this playing out among the religious leaders who orchestrated Jesus’ arrest and execution, while they hatch a plan to cover up his missing body. It is interesting that the grieving women, who came to make sure Jesus body was properly cared for, saw the angel and empty tomb and knew He was risen and rushed to tell the others. However, the soldiers guarding the tomb saw the same thing and… well here is what happened:

“As the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the leading priests what had happened. 12 A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe. 13 They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’ 14 If the governor hears about it, we’ll stand up for you so you won’t get in trouble.” 15 So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today.” Matthew 28:11–15 (NLT)

The elders only see a threat to their prominent position. The guards only see their lives endangered because they failed to keep Jesus in the tomb (the penalty for failure was death). Neither group disputes the fact that His body has been taken in an unexpected and powerful way, BUT they are unwilling to see beyond their own desires and interests. It is easy to look at them and think they are self-centered idiots... but then I wonder if there are areas in my life where I too, am willingly deaf and blind to what God is saying and doing around me. My prayer is that I will not be among those being singled out in Jeremiah 5:21, “Listen, you foolish and senseless people, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear.” (NLT)

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor