He is Risen!

Matthew 28: 5-7. “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you.”

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The events of this week must have been overwhelming to those who were close to Jesus. His trial, His suffering before the cross, His hours of unbearable pain on the cross; the earthquakes, the rending of the veil, the unusual darkness; and now, a visible, glistering angel who delivers to the women the incredible news that Jesus has risen from the dead, just as He said He would!

“Come,” said the angel. “See the place where His body lay, and is no longer!  See that the tomb is empty!  He is gone, and He is headed to Galilee.  You will see Him there. I have given you His message.”

Matthew’s gospel does not record the meeting between Mary and Jesus after He had risen. Faithful to the purpose of presenting Jesus as Messiah, King, Jehovah, Matthew focused on the public proofs of His resurrection.  There is no contradiction among the gospels on this point. The story is simply told from different perspectives, with different goals.

The important truth here is that He rose from death, just as He said; that because He lives, we can live also. He is the King, the Messiah, the Beloved  and only  Son of God through Whom salvation is free to all who will believe in Him and accept forgiveness of sin through His shed blood, His death, and His resurrection.

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