Re-posted from Pr. Stout (20 verses, 2:20 to read)
What I am about to READ
- He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
- 1-8: The angel and the very earth announces the resurrection of their Creator
- 9-10: Jesus appears to the women
- 11-15: The deceit of the chief priests in their bribery of the guards
- 16-20: Institution of Baptism, the Office of the Holy Ministry which is to teach and baptize, and the clearest confession of the Triune God: 3 persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit under one Name.
- “Do not fear” – this is stated twice in this short reading and gives us a full recognition of the gift of the resurrection. Seeing Jesus raised from the dead would cause the women and disciples to fear nothing except Jesus. Good. Then, the confession is “Do not be afraid.”
- There are three reactions to the resurrection. 1.) Deceit to cover up the truth with a lie, 2.) Faith, and 3.) Doubt within those who worshipped.
- The last two happen in the same verse – “And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.” I’m not sure which teaching this confesses. This could be another example (Mark 9:24; Romans 7) of faith and unbelief battling it out in the same person. This could also be another example (Matt. 13:24-30) of weeds and wheat in the same field. If that’s the case, it’s important to emphasize the true faith and confession of all the disciples after the resurrection and Pentecost. Not one apostatized after Judas.
- Lord Jesus, You are with me always. You have baptized me and united Yourself to me. You have taught me and continue to teach Me. You know that I am often full of fear and doubt and question who has authority in this world and in my life. Forgive me and grant me comfort in Your calling me a brother or sister and grant me Sabbath rest in You and Your death and resurrection. Amen.
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Pastor Christopher Stout