An Empty Tomb: He Has Risen, Just As He Said

Matthew 28:1
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

Although Matthew’s gospel is brief in his discussion of the resurrection of Christ, he defends it very carefully. The Resurrection was attended by several witnesses, including an angel, various soldiers, and the women at the tomb. (Matthew 28:1-8)

The tomb with Jesus’ body was sealed
Matthew 27:66
So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

but later the body was not found there
Matthew 28:6-8
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 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.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

The excuse of the soldiers was illogical (Matthew 28:11-15). No Roman soldier would admit sleeping on the job, as the punishment for this was death.

Jesus Himself appeared to many of His disciples, proving even more witnesses to His resurrection from the dead
Matthew 28:16:20
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped 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 always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The Gospel of Matthew presents the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection with precision because the doctrine is essential to the Christian faith.

The Resurrection is a sign that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God
Matthew 12:38-39
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

And the Resurrection validates the Lord’s own prophecies of it Matthew 16:21; 17:22-23, 20:17-19).

In 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of the Resurrection by listing a series of consequences if the doctrine is denied). Please read 1 Corinthians 15:12-19.
He is Risen, as He said

Matthew 28:6-7
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 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.

For Jesus’ predictions of His resurrection, Matthew 12:40, 16:21; and 26:32.
Matthew 28:7 The Lord Jesus makes a post resurrection appearance first in Jerusalem and Judea, then in Galilee, and then again in Jerusalem. Both Chapters Matthew 28 and John 21 emphasizes the appearance in Galilee. The angel’s command to “COME SEE” (MATTHEW 28:6) is followed here by “GO TELL.” This is always the divine order to tell others the Good News about Our Lord.

Galilee was the appointed location for Jesus’ rendezvous with His disciples (Matthew 28:7, 26:32) and was also the setting of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

Brothers and sisters, you and I have been given the COMMAND TO GO TELL. Have you told anyone about Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Salvation is free. Have a Blessed Day and Happy Resurrection Sunday

Courtesy of Edward Jeffries

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