Day 11 Easter Matthew 27:32-56

Then they (the soldiers) sat down and kept watch over him there. …those who passed by derided him…the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him,…The robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him…some of the bystanders heard him speak…many women there, looking on from a distance…

When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

I’m just struck by how many people were keeping watch over Jesus for the six hours he hung on the across alive. Some of the onlookers came to be there because they loved Him (the women), some because it was their job (the soldiers), some who had something to prove (the priests, scribes and elders), some who were forced (the robbers) and some who were curious (the bystanders).

They seem to represent every mindset about God. No different from all of us today. Every person has an opportunity to decide who Jesus is to them. That decision will matter for all eternity.

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One thought on “Day 11 Easter Matthew 27:32-56

  1. If you are a dollar 3 eighty then perhaps I should be a day late and a dollar short…or just several days late, as in this case. However, I wanted to come back to this one because this passage was on my mind over the weekend. Well, this story, but from a different gospel. In Matthew, Jesus cries out again in a loud voice before yielding his spirit, but in John he says, “It is finished.”

    Often on Good Friday or Easter Sunday, pastors will talk about Jesus’ death then say, “But the story doesn’t end there.” This is completely true. I do not discount the importance of the empty tomb or the hope that our risen Savior provides. However, as I thought about this story the other day, it seemed to me that the story does end there. The story of the tomb and his ministry on earth after his resurrection are like an epilogue. “It is finished.” The end.

    Please don’t think that this story has a sad ending. Yes, Jesus died, but the unseen consequence is forgiveness and justification.It is finished. No more sacrifices. No more condemnation. No more trying to reach God through the law or good works. And even if there was no epilogue, it was still finished. In that moment with Jesus’ death, he offered salvation to all as the final sacrifice for sin. The empty tomb is just the icing on the cake.

    I had a song stuck in my head Sunday and Monday. “Jesus bore all my sorrows, all the guilt that was mine, all the sin I committed, washed away for all time, through his love so amazing, by his infinite grace, I can stand in his presence, for he stood in my place.” In Jesus’ death we find redemption and life. It is finished and, yet, it only just beginning – for Jesus and for me.

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