Vs. 6, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” From death on the cross to the wonderful resurrection! Matthew would give us in detail those who would witness this momentous event. Question: Why is the resurrection so important? Because it proves Jesus is truly the Son of God, it fulfills prophecy, it gives us a future hope of our own resurrection, and it conquered sin! The attempted cover up by the chief priests is a feeble attempt by the enemy to discourage us from the truth. Where God is working, satan will try his best as well. And lastly, we are reminded of the Great Commission that Jesus would command all of us to follow.
Regarding application…God’s Commission. Vs. 20, “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” So often I think this last verse tends to be overlooked from vs. 19 that emphasizes the “evangelism” aspect of the Great Commission. While we all cannot be missionaries on the “Frontlines”, I found great encouragement to see that we are following God’s command by building up His church here locally. In an army, the local church is like the bootcamp that prepares its soldiers to go to battle. While all analogies break down, I think this is example that hopefully helps. Each of us can take to help teach each other to trust and obey our Lord. Even when horrible events like Haiti transpire, we know that God is in control.