Saturday 20 October, 2018

Matthew 27:62-66

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

It makes sense to me that those who opposed the ministry of Jesus would want to ensure that Jesus’ disciples did not manage to pull off a hoax resurrection by making his body ‘disappear’. 

 What is ironic is that Jesus’ disciples did not even understand Jesus when he talked of rising from the dead – they had lost all hope with Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. 

 No one was ready for the power of God. 

 I have experienced God’s resurrection power in my life and my life has been radically changed. I am no longer a slave to sin and I am blessed with the presence and direction of the Holy Spirit daily. 

 Lord, every single day, lift my hope to the heights of the God of the resurrection!

 Written by Andrew Mellor


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