Believe

I want you to know that the Bible tells us that Jesus is the only way to heaven (Matthew 28:11-15). While the women are going to tell the disciples about the Resurrection, some of the guards go and tell the priests Matthew 28:11~Now while they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. (ESV) It appears the Jewish leaders’ worst fear has come true Matthew 27:63~and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Matthew 27:64~Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” (ESV) However, instead of considering the facts, they assemble the elders, the Sanhedrin, and agree on a plot to bribe the guards. (28:12) Matthew 28:13~saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ (ESV) 

These are apparently Roman guards, so the penalty for their failure to guard Jesus’ body will be severe. Therefore, the Sanhedrin assures the guards they will keep them out of trouble. Then, the guards take the money and do as they are told (28:14-15a). What Matthew records next he does so parenthetically Matthew 28:15b~and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. (ESV) Remember that Matt wrote his gospel at least 30 years after the Resurrection of Jesus. What about you? Which story do you believe? Before answering let me remind you all the disciples, except John, died a violent death. 

Do you think even one person would die for what they know to be a lie? If you don’t believe in the resurrection of Jesus, then you cannot go to heaven. Paul declares you must do two things to be saved. Romans 10:9~If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (NIV) Yeah, the resurrection is that important to the Christian faith. We must first, confess with our mouth “Jesus is Lord.” Then, we must believe that God raised Jesus. When we study the resurrection it reveals how Jesus loves you, and how Jesus is the only way to heaven.

Who can you think of right now that needs to hear that Jesus loves them so much that He died to take away their sin and give them a way to have eternal life in Him. Take a moment and pray, asking God for direction on how to connect with them today and encourage them to talk with Jesus.


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