Read Matthew 27:57-28:15.
"He is not here, for he has risen, as he said." NIV
Jesus' sacrifice would not be complete without His resurrection. His sacrifice in taking our sins upon Himself would have no value without overcoming the death those sins caused. Christ, as Deity, overcame sin and death for us to have freedom from both for all time.
In contrast, the elders and chief priests tried to cover up the missing body by paying off the guards. Their hypocrisy and deceptive spirits have no limits. They will do anything to have their way.
The priests did all to protect themselves, but Christ did all to protect us. We can still choose to follow the path of the priests, but why would we want to? I choose to serve the one who loves me enough to sacrifice Himself for me yet is powerful enough to conquer death. Is that the God you choose to serve?
Thank You, Lord, for Your amazing sacrifice and power over death. You are the great I AM, and I am not. I will always choose to follow and serve You.
- Read these accounts in the other three gospels. How do they compare with Matthew's viewpoint?
- Compare and contrast the choice between following the priests' example and following Christ.
- Give thanks for the power that raised Christ from the dead. What New Testament Scripture tells us that we possess that same power?