The passage for today is Matthew 28:1-20. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Matthew 28:1-20 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
An angel timed his grand appearance to coincide with the Mary’s arrival at the tomb of Jesus early Sunday morning. The angel presents himself with such grander that the soldiers guarding the tomb faint with fear. With angelic strength he moves the huge stone covering the entrance to the tomb, then plops him-self on the rock, and reports to the women, who did not faint but were fearful, that Jesus was not there, he had risen just as he said. Also they were to go tell the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee. Obediently the Mary’s go, and on the way run into Jesus himself, who gives them the same charge, except he called the disciples, his brothers.
Not everyone believed the resurrection of Jesus; the soldiers didn’t. The religious leader did not. And even some of the disciples were doubtful.
In Galilee, Jesus passes the Gospel baton to his brethren and promises to always be with them.
Until now, Jesus seemed to be like every other man: subject to death. Yeah, he did some amazing miracles and preached some pretty cool sermons, but man’s biggest obstacle still remained, death. Here is where Jesus sets himself apart from all others. He Resurrected! He did what no one else has done, and proved that he was like no other. And yet, in this exalted state, he calls his disciples, and all who believe in him brothers. Are you included in Jesus’ family? Believe in him today and be counted as his sibling!
Father in Heaven, Thy Son has defeated death. Now, by believing in Thy Son, I become his brother/sister, and we share you as our Father with whom we will now live together with forever! Thank you! Amen.
This post was written by Kelly Gebert.