Today, we will have read the entire Gospel of Matthew over the past few weeks. We should maintain a regular program of Bible reading, with emphasis on the New Testament.
The Resurrection of Jesus is the defining moment of his ministry to mankind. He died, but does he live? He was sacrificed, but does he reign? Yes! An earthquake and an angel opened his tomb. His brilliant white appearance must have been like that of the Transfiguration (Matt. 17). The angel (messenger) of God told the women who had come to the tomb, “He has risen, just as he said” (Matt. 27:6). What joy filled their hearts. As we contemplate his death and resurrection, we should also be filled with joy. We should worship and serve him.
The soldiers who had guarded the tomb to no avail reported the amazing events of the Resurrection to the chief priests. The soldiers were paid to perpetuate the lie that Jesus’ body was taken by disciples while the soldiers slept. What a pity. Mountains are often the setting for momentous occasions in the Scriptures. The Great Commission is the marching order for Jesus’ followers. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20). We must continue the work of Jesus. He did what only he could do. But he left plenty of work for us to do. We must present the Gospel to the lost and encourage them to obey and be saved. We must do everything possible to mature and strengthen those who are saved. And we must be ever ready to help the hurting and the needy. God is willing. Are we?
My comments are not an inspired commentary, but rather a few words to draw attention to the background, context, and dynamic situation of Matthew’s gospel. May God bless your reading of His Word. T.C.