Matthew 28 (verses 1-10 posted below) was part of my bible reading this morning. After reading these verses, I read a couple commentaries on verses 1-10. I’ve posted below the one from Atone Bible Commentary as it helped me appreciate more the angles arriving to talk to Mary and Mary. God knew it would be to much for the ladies to grasp that He had risen so He made sure an angle was there to assist; and as noted in the post, something God also did for Mary and Joseph about Jesus’ birth.
God was there for Mary and the Disciples. He is here for me. As I think of the people who have been there to help me during difficult times, encouraging me and helping me put my trust in Him, not myself – maybe they didn’t arrive with the appearance like lighting – introduced by an earth quake – but they had impact on me. I’m thankful for the people (angles) God has put in my life. God knows what I can handle on my own and what I can’t. #GCToGod
Jesus rose at dawn. The long dark night of sin’s reign, a reign that began with Adam’s sin in the Garden, had ended. The Light of Life rose with the morning sun. As the first rays of morning hope spilled over the Judean countryside, the first cosmic rays of eternal joy broke over this world and spilled out of his tomb. Sin and death were officially conquered. Jesus had rose from the dead.
The first persons to hear of Jesus’ coming heard the news from angelic voices. On the night of Jesus’ birth, nearby shepherds were astonished by a host of angels while watching over their sheep in the countryside. Mary and Joseph were each told of Jesus’ birth by angels before he was born. Now at the end of his earthly life, the angels are back again, and this time they announced yet another miracle. Sin’s reign had ended. Freedom dawned for Jesus’ people, for anyone who would put their trust and hope in him. The Christ had risen. God’s mercy for sinners was vindicated. Death was mastered. The devil was defeated.
Jesus’ appearance to the frantic women running to tell the news, tells us how ordinary they were and how merciful Jesus is. The women doubted. The emotional trauma they endured while with the angels had overwhelmed their senses and ability to calmly reason what they had witnessed. They no doubt wondered: Did we really just see what we saw? Are we dreaming? Could it really be true? Could Jesus really be alive?
And Jesus was alive, and knowing how slow the human heart and mind would be to grasp such a fantastic event, he appeared again and again to his followers. He repeatedly appeared to chase away the deep skepticism that is inherent in our fallen human nature.
The Son of God had risen with the morning sun and in his triumph over death; he turned what seemed to be the end of a tragic story into the first line of the first page of the first chapter of the greatest Story that will (for)ever be told.
Jesus Has Risen
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.
2 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.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”