October 28th, 2006
The culmination of Jesus’s life was not his death on the cross, but the event which occurred three days later. Numerous different New Testament writers claim that he was resurrected and came back to life. If you accept for a moment that the universe was created by an all-powerful God, then it isn’t too difficult to accept that God might have the power to bring a dead person back to life. The resurrection is central to what Chrstians believe: that Jesus led the way by conquering death and sin, and that everyone can conquer the grip of evil on their lives and live forever by believing in Jesus. That’s the essence of the good news which Jesus commissioned his followers to tell everyone.
Matthew’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 28
28:1 After the Sabbath, as dawn began on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 28:2 A great earthquake occurred. An angel of the Lord descended from the sky and came to roll away the stone from the door, and sat on it. 28:3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 28:4 The guards were so terrified of him that they shook and became like dead men. 28:5 The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 28:6 He is not here because he has risen just as he promised. Come and see the place where the Lord was lying. 28:7 Go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead, and he goes before you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Now I have told you.”
28:8 They left the tomb quickly, filled simultaneously with fear and great joy, and ran to bring the news to his disciples. 28:9 On the way to tell the disciples, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” They came and took hold of his feet and worshipped him. 28:10 Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go tell my brothers that they should go to Galilee, and they will see me there.”
28:11 As they were going some of the guards came into the city to tell the senior priests what had happened. 28:12 They held a meeting with the elders to discuss the situation and they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers, 28:13 saying, “Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while you slept. 28:14 If the governor finds out, we will fix things up with him so that you won’t have anything to worry about.” 28:15 So they took the money and did as they were told. This story was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues until this day.
28:16 But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 28:17 They saw him and bowed down to him, but some doubted. 28:18 Jesus came to them and said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 28:19 Go and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 28:20 teaching them to do all the things that I have commanded you. Remember, I am with you every day until the end of time.”
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