Matthew 28 v 1 – 10
1Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and His clothing white as snow. 4And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.
5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay. 7Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. See, I have told you.”
8So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. 9And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (ESV)
The significance of the resurrection:
- For the unbeliever:
a. It verifies His authority
b. It proves His trustworthiness
c. It proves His truthfulness
- For the believer:
a. What if He hasn’t been raised?
b. But His resurrection verifies our Justification and therefore it:
demonstrates the power of the Christian,
c. gives us hope concerning our own resurrection, and
d. demands our complete loyalty to Him.
He died and was raised again to be the LORD of the dead and the living. Let Him be your LORD.