Monday, September 19, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: He is Risen!

We are now in chapter 28 of Matthew. The Sabbath is over and the first day of the week (Sunday) is now dawning. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, have come to the sepulchre. Suddenly there was an earthquake, and the angel of the Lord came from heaven to roll away the stone blocking entrance to the tomb, and he sat on it.
  v3. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.
   4. And for fear of him the keepers did shake and became as dead men.

Now, if I had just seen this, I don't know if I would still be standing,  running screaming, or falling into a faint as it seems the watchmen have done. What a sight it must have been, to see an angel come down and roll away a heavy boulder by himself.
  The angel spoke to the two Marys, and told them not to be afraid. Jesus has risen. He invited them to look in the tomb and see for themselves that he was gone.  He then told them to go tell the disciples the good news, and have them go to Galilee where Jesus would meet them. 
  As the women were headed to tell the disciples, Jesus himself appeared to them. They fell at his feet to worship him.
 10. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
 While the women were going to find the disciples, some of the watch men went into town to tell the chief priests what they had seen. The chief priests took counsel with the elders and came up with a cover story: When the watchmen fell asleep at night, the disciples came in and stole the body of Jesus. This was what they were going to tell the governor and anyone else. That was their story and they were sticking to it.
  16. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee,into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
 17. And when they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted.
 18. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying: All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
 19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
 20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

It's been a long journey and I know I need to go back and get the missing days here on the blog but I've enjoyed reading Matthew's account of Jesus. It's the first time I've read it completely. If you've read along with me, thank you for being part of the journey and I hope you will join me for the reading of Mark. Please, feel free to comment any time. I enjoy the company. :)


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