Easter Bible Study Lessons from Matthew 28:1-10
Easter Sunday – Jesus Rises from the Grave
Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.
And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.
And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.
He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.
Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.” – Matthew 28:1-10 NASB
The Risen Christ
You most likely have heard the story of the resurrection and how Jesus rose from the dead just as I have.
But, I thought I’d look to see if there was anything else that could be brought out of this Easter story.
With just a bit of research from the Life Application Study Bible® I found something interesting to share with you.
It mentions four lessons to be learned from Christ’s rising from the tomb. Here is a summary of these lessons:
First: Don’t be Afraid
This phrase is used many times throughout the Bible – from the time God spoke to Moses to the birth announcement of Christ to the shepherds.
We should be joyous in the risen Christ, not feel fear of what He has become.
When we fear the uncertainty of death, we should think of how Christ arose from the dead and we will too if we only believe in Him.
Second: He is Not Here
Jesus is not found among the dead but among the living. He lives within us as our personal guide through every day and every challenge.
Third: Come See
The angel had rolled the stone away from the tomb so that the women, and anyone else could see that Jesus was not there and the grave was empty, just as it still is today.
All we have to do is accept Him.
In verse 7 the angel said;
“Then go quickly and tell His disciples ..“
He told the women to spread the good news about the resurrection of Christ just as Jesus commanded us to tell others about the eternal life He offers.
He Lived, He Died, In Three Days He Rose ..
Jesus did everything He promised He would do for us.
He came to earth as one of us; to live, teach, fulfill every prophecy of the Old Testament, and then die on the cross in order that we could be forgiven.
How much are we willing to give back to Him?
Our time? Our lives? Our funds? Our relationship with others within and outside the church?
Rejoice today and have a Happy Easter!
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to see this passage from John to get more information.