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Summary: The lies that the religious leaders paid for could not purchase the truth away from the risen Christ.

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Easter Sunrise 2015

Matthew 27:62-66

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Matthew 28:1-7

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Matthew 28:11-15

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

Message:

The resurrection of Jesus Christ had been promised to His disciples.

Jesus explained it thoroughly several times. But His disciples fled at the cross and hid themselves away.

Jesus enemies on the other hand took Jesus threat of resurrection to heart.

The High priests and Pharisees pleaded with Pilot to provide a guard to watch His tomb.

The enemies of Christ were correct about His promise. Jesus kept His word.

Nicodemas and Joseph of Aramethia laid the body of Jesus in the tomb.

We can assume it was not in some far off back corner of the cemetery but a place of prominence since Joseph was a rich man.

The enemies of Jesus still feared that blood soaked, breathless body.

They remembered His promise “After three days I will rise again”. It was a promise that Jesus made repeatedly.

Jesus enemies knew that He had promised a bodily resurrection not just a spiritual resurrection.


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