The Risen Christ

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.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for He is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

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.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them saying, “All hail”. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him.

Then said Jesus unto them, “Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee and there shall they see me.”

(Matthew 28:1-10)

This is Matthew’s account of Jesus’ resurrection; Mark, Luke, and John had written their accounts of this miracle. All accounts essentially agree in reporting the facts of the resurrection. The variety of details in each account supplement, rather than contradict, each other.

“In the end of the Sabbath” as the first verse says, means that by Jewish reckoning, the day ends at sunset and the new day begins at the same time. So that would mean the resurrection actually occurred sometime during the night, for by the time the women arrived, “as it began to dawn” Jesus had already risen from the dead.

The earthquake and the angel (a young man clothed in a long white garment—Mark 16:5), who rolled the stone away did not come to let Jesus out of the sepulchre, but to reveal that it was empty and that He was already gone!

All Glory to God

His humble servant Lee M Buchanan

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