Matthew Lesson 29 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 29 Day 3

Matthew 28:11-15; John 20:1-18; Luke 24:12-32

6. Response to the Resurrection

Tomb Guards

The guards were understandably freaked out. Spending the night among the tombs was unnerving in itself. Then there was an earthquake. An angel descended, rolled the stone away by himself, and sat on it.

Not only is he stronger than any man they can imagine, but he also shines like lightning. They either passed out or went into shock. The power of God present in that place at that moment and an angel glowing from the presence of God could render any human unable to stand.

Some of the guards later went into the city to give a report to the chief priests.

Jewish leaders

After the resurrection, the Jewish religious leaders were still plotting and giving bribes. The chief priests heard the entire account of what happened at the tomb. The guards may have even seen Jesus walk out! It still boggles my mind that the guards and the chief priests didn’t say, “Surely He is the Son of God.”

I wonder—were any of the other religious leaders, besides Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, conspicuously absent from that meeting? (I seriously doubt those two could “go back to work” after Jesus’ body “disappeared.”)

Friends of Jesus

Jesus’ friends did not believe the women’s report, even after seeing the empty tomb with their own eyes. The men spoke of Jesus and their hope in Him in the past tense.

Apparently, the other “brethren” did not believe the women either. When Jesus appeared to them, He had to eat something before they believed He was physically there.

The Jewish people

The temple’s social media spread the lie that Jesus’ body was stolen by His disciples. The soldiers’ “story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.” Matthew 24:15b

His Disciples

The disciples were too heartbroken and unbelieving to cook up a plot. Jesus told them about His death fourteen times, and His resurrection seven times. After it happened, they still required much convincing evidence.

The scene at the Tomb

I believe the strips of linen were lying there just as they were wrapped around the body. When Jesus arose in His glorified body, He sat up, passing through the fabric, leaving it intact. It was just flatted out from the weight of the spices, now that the body was no longer supporting them.

The head wrapping was by itself, separated by the length of His neck, perhaps. The NIV says in reference to the fabric covering His face, “The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. John 20:7 (NASB) says, “and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself.”

The details establish John as a credible eyewitness. It also depicts an orderly scene.

If people came and stole the body, they probably would have taken the body—linens and all. They would have carried it off that way, leaving a trail of spices along the path.

Jesus’ friend Mary Magdalene:

Mary Magdalene knew her shepherd’s voice.
She followed Jesus even after His death.
She didn’t run away or shy away.
The Good Shepherd also knows His own sheep. He knew Mary was devoted to Him and believed He was the Son of God.
Mary was obedient when Jesus sent her to tell the disciples that she had seen Him.
She apparently did not argue about her ability to speak well, nor about the impropriety of a woman entering a place where men were staying. She just obeyed.

7. Enemies don’t play fair

  • Oblivious to the truth
  • They lie
  • They bribe
  • They stop at nothing.

8. Personal reflection

Throughout the study of Matthew, I have felt like the men who encountered Jesus on the road to Emmaus. in Luke 24:32 (NASB) they said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”

It’s amazing to me how many times Jesus clearly revealed His coming death and resurrection to the disciples. Yet, they wouldn’t listen to the women and didn’t believe even when they saw the empty tomb.

I shouldn’t be amazed, because I’ve read and listened to all of these passages repeatedly all my life, and I’m seeing things I don’t recall reading or hearing before. Until we begin to understand, we can’t retain the information.

I plan to continue an in-depth Bible study, seeking to understand. I like this feeling of my heart burning within me.

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