Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:11-15
"Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day."
Jesus was raised from the dead exactly as he had predicted. The guards at the tomb saw him and went back to tell the officials that "He's alive!" However, they were paid to keep quiet about it ]as recorded in Matthew 28:11-15.
Jesus was seen by more than 500 people — cynics as well as believers — before He ascended back into heaven. There was no question about whether or not Jesus was resurrected just as He said.
With His resurrection, Jesus proved beyond a shadow of any doubt that He was, and is the Son of God. Ådmittedly, Jesus did a lot during His last week while He was physically alive on earth, but our salvation is
based on what was done on Resurrection Sunday morning when God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9).
Reflect on Jesus' resurrection from the dead.