Summary: This is an Easter Sermon and deals with how we can willingly blind ourselves to the truth of God’s word. My wife and I preached it together.
Seeing What You Want To See!
9:30 Easter 4/11/93 Text Matt 28:11-18 Matt. 27:57-28:11
We all have tremendous power to see what we want to see even though everyone else around else may see something differently.
We all know of someone who has fallen in love, and talk about the
person as though the he or she was more precious than silver or
gold. Yet when we meet the person face to face, "we just can’t
see what all the fuss was about." Two people can look at the
same person and one will the see the person of his or her dream,
and the other will see a good for nothing bag of headaches,
heartache and pain.
Even when it comes to the truth of God’s word, our own stub
bornness will cause us to see only what we want to see. Out
text this morning involves a group of people who saw the truth
and power of the gospel, yet they did not see it, because they
did not want to see it. Turn to Matthew 28 verse 11. The text
is the day of the resurrection. What makes this text so powerful
is that , it’s a group that does not believe in Jesus Christ,
that testifies that Jesus had risen from the dead as our Scrip
ture reading pointed out.
Verse 11 says, "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." Now you may recall, the chief
priests had requested that the guards be posted on at the tomb,
and that a seal be put over the tomb to make sure that the disci
ples did not come to try and steal the body of Jesus in order to
fake that Jesus had risen from the dead. The chief priest had
listened to Jesus well enough to know that Jesus had predicted,
in three days I will rise again.
It’s ironic that God uses these same guards to come and
proclaim to the chief priest the news they did not want to hear.
There was a violent earthquake, an angel came down and threw away
that huge bolder and declared that Jesus had risen from the dead
just like he said. Not only that, Jesus is going to appear in
Galilee. Do you see the first people to proclaim the message of
the resurrection in Jerusalem itself were Roman soldiers. They
had no reason to lie about what Jesus had done.
As a matter of fact, it would have been better for them if
they had of lied. If you lost a prisoner, then you would become a
prisoner in the prisoner’s place. After all, who would believe
such a story. Now God knew if the women who Jesus first ap
peared to had told the story to the chief priest, the chief
priest would have laughed and call them silly women with misguid
ed hopes and dreams. Hoping against hope. But with these Roman
soldiers declaring that Jesus had risen from the dead, this had
to be taken much more seriously.
Look at Matthew verse 12. " When the chief priest had met
with the elders and they devised a a plan." Now you would have
thought the leaders would have been glad to hear that God had
sent his Messiah, Savior, into the world. That now God’s people
know God’s peace. If you recalled, these leaders had
offered Jesus a deal or contract when he was on the cross. They
had said, "If you are the king of Isreal, then come down of the
cross and we will believe."
Well now they have the evidence. He’s done more than come
down of the Christ. He has risen from the dead and He is alive.
No other leader before or since Christ has said "kill me in front
of the world to see, and in three days I will come back to life."
Now that they have the proof, are these people going to keep
their promise and start to believe. We can answer that from our
own experience. How many of us have made similar contracts with
God? God if you get me through this sickness, this job, this
test, this problem , I’ll do this and that for the rest of my
The story is told of a man who was way out in the middle of
a lake and his boat began to sink. He was about a mile from
shore and the water was choppy. He prayed Lord if I make it, I’ll
be in church every Sunday and at Bible study every Wednesday.
I’ll sing in the choir like you want me to. God I need your help.