Easter Sunday (Matthew 28:1-15)John Parker, 27th March 2016
Part of the Study of the Gospels series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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28:2 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.
28:3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.
28:4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
28:5 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
28:7 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."
28:8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
28:9 Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.
28:10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
28:11 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.
28:12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,
28:13 telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.'
28:14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
28:15 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.
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