The Empty Tomb

Matthew 28: 2-10; 27: 54 NLT
Luke 24: 9 NIV
In Your Bible: Matthew 27: 54b and 28: 2-10; 27: 54; Luke 24: 2-10

The soldiers at the crucifixion were the first to testify the truth about Jesus is when they said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27: 54b NLT) Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilot for Jesus’ body to burry, wrapped it with a linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb. The crucifixion and the empty tomb were the beginning of God touching all mankind by the sacrifice of His Son.

Women at the tomb

Early the morning of first day of the week, Mary Magdalen, Mary mother of James and Joanna went to the tomb with spices to anoint Jesus’ body. The stone sealing the tomb had been moved away and a young man (an angel) sat at the entrance to the tomb.

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said it would happen. Come see where his body was lying.” (Matthew 28:5-7 NLT)

The Women Encounter Jesus

As they hurried to tell the disciples what had happened and Jesus met them. “Great tidings!” he said. And they ran to him, held his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there” (Matthew 28:9,10 NLT).

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others (Luke 24:9 NIV). However, they could not believe the women’s incredible story. The crucifixion and the empty tomb were the beginning of God touching all mankind by the sacrifice of His Son.

Prayer: Father, I learn more and more of you through your Word. I don’t want to question anything you say.

Questions: Imagine yourself as one of the Eleven, confused with all that happened in these terrible – horrifying days. Even though you know the truth, does it still amaze you? Why do we question amazing and miraculous things told to us in the Word?

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