JESUS HAS RISEN!, Ron Ward
HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD
Passage: Matthew 28:1~15
Key verse: 5,6
1. The first witnesses (1-10)
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb early on the first Easter Day. They went in sorrow, but their sorrow turned to amazement and fear, for an earthquake and an angel had opened the sealed tomb. The guards were terrified. The angel gave them the resurrection message and a mission: 'He is not here; he is risen, just as he said. Come and see--then, go and tell his disciples.' The women obeyed with fear and joy, and on the way they met Jesus himself.
2. The first attempt to hide the truth (11-15)
The guards reported facts that proved the truth of the resurrection. But the chief priests were not interested in truth. They bribed the guards to tell lies. People still try to pretend that Jesus did not come and die and rise again.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for turning my sorrow and fear into joy through the resurrection of Jesus.
One Word: Jesus is alive; go and tell