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1. The Empty Tomb and the Angel’s Words
(Matthew 28:1-4)
1   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.
2   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.
3   His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4   And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

The first day after the feast began to dawn, woman made their way to the tomb to complete the anointing of Jesus’ body. They could not think of doing anything on Friday before sunset until they carried out this final act of respect and love.
The Passover-Sabbath was the worst day for them and the disciples. Their Messiah died and every hope for God’s imminent kingdom had disappeared. Nothing remained for them but weeping, despairing, and pessimism. Yet love and respect to Jesus drew the women to the tomb to sit near the grave of the Holy One.
When He died, the earth that received Him shook for fear. When He arose, the earth that resigned Him leaped for joy in His exaltation. This earthquake was a result of the bonds of death being loosened, the fetters of the grave being shaken off, and atonement being introduced to all nations. It was the signal of Christ’s victory. The heavens rejoiced and notice was hereby given that the earth also might be glad. It was a sample of the shaking that will happen to the earth at the final resurrection, when mountains and islands shall be removed, and the earth may no longer cover her dead. (Isaiah 26:21)
While on the way at dawn, the women were concerned with the heavy stone. They wondered who might roll it back for them from the tomb. The Lord responded to the women’s desire and sent an angel to open the entrance to the empty tomb. The angel appeared with a great earthquake, the guards shook and fell down like dead men. The angel rolled back the stone and sat on it, as a symbol of Christ’s triumph in His resurrection.
The angel did not descend from heaven to help Christ to rise from the dead, for the Prince of Life needed no assistant to overcome death. The Lord arose quietly of His own accord, passing through His linen burial wrappings without tearing them, and passed silently from the midst of the rocks. He then entered into the locked rooms where the disciples were gathered. Although no one witnessed Christ’s resurrection from the dead, the tomb was empty when the women arrived there.
Death is the enemy of all men. It harvests all those born of women. Your death is unavoidable, so seek the wisdom of God that you may be ready.

 

Prayer:   Lord Jesus, You are the risen from among the dead. We glorify You as the only One who has overcame death, sorrow, and Satan. You give Your followers Your eternal Spirit, new life and joy. We thank You because You sent an angel to move the stone away from the tomb before the women arrived. You answered their prayers and encourage us to believe and to see that You have solved our problems, for You are living and saving us. Hallelujah!

 

Question:

268. For what did the angel roll back the stone from the tomb?

 

 

Table of contents

PREFACE

PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 - 4:25)

PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 - 11:1)

PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)

PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 - 20:34)

PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 25:46)

PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)

PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)

1. The Empty Tomb and the Angel’s Words
(Matthew 28:1-4)
28:1
2. The Determined Resurrection of the Crucified
(Matthew 28:5-7)
28:5
3. The Appearance of Christ
(Matthew 28:8-10)
28:8
4. The Artifice of the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 28:11-15)
28:11
5. The Appearance of Christ in Galilee and His Command to Preach to the World
(Matthew 28:16-18)
28:16
6. The Unlimited Authority of Christ
(Matthew 28:18-19)
28:18
7. Christ’s Command to Preach to all the Nations
(Matthew 28:19)
28:19
8. Christ’s Command to Baptize
(Matthew 28:19)
28:19
9. Christ’s Command to Teach Sanctification
(Matthew 28:20)
28:20
10. Christ’s Promise to be with His Followers
(Matthew 28:20)
28:20
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