The Lie Concerning His Resurrection!!!
Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted…….. Matthew 28:11-17
In our previous Study, we saw the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the New relationship we now have With God as a Father and Jesus as Our Elder Brother. We saw that Jesus rose on the first day of the week indicating the beginning of a New Creation and the New resurrection body which cannot be limited by Space or time. This is Exactly the kind of Body that we shall be given to those who have continued in Him when the Trumpet of His coming sounds. Today We shall see the lies that the Chief priest asked the soldiers to proclaim and the reaction of the Disciples when they met with Jesus at Galilee.
Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. : While the women were going to the Disciples to spread the Good news of Christ resurrection and the Visitation of Angel and the rolling away of the stone which will encourage and strengthen the Disciples. The Soldiers were going to the Chief Priests with the same news that would bring trouble to their Hearts and shame to their faces. The Gospel of Christ is a Delight to the souls of those who love the Lord but the same message is like a piercing sword in the Hearts of those who Harbour Sins. Sinners tremble at the sound of the name of Jesus but the Righteous long to hear more of it.
When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ : Can You imagine a More Foolish excuse? Roman Soldiers appointed by Pilate all of them going to sleep at the same time? It is ridiculous!!! But how else could they explain it? They were not willing to face up to the truth!!! They heard from the guard that there was an earthquake, that an Angel came and sat on the stone. But they were not willing to admit it. This is how blind and stubborn Man can be. God gave the Chief priest and Elders another opportunity to repent from the testimonies of the Soldiers but they were so stubborn that they did not yield their will unto Repentance. We see this also among some Christians. They hold to some views of Scripture and even when God shows them from the Scriptures that “this is not Correct” they are not willing to change. They are so proud and unwilling to say, “We were wrong in our Understanding!!!” There are some Church Doctrines which are totally unscriptural and Yet Churches still hold onto it. They will give excuse like, “This is the Special Revelation that our founder received from God”. And I am like “Hmmmmm, Jesus is definitely not the founder for it has no basis in Scriptures”. Think of what would have happened if those Chief Priests and Elders Humbled themselves and say, “We were Wrong in our understanding of the Scriptures”. What a difference it would have made. Stubbornness and unwillingness to face fact and accepts the Truth when God confronts us with it and to twist Scriptures and tell lies because we want to stand for what we have always stood for. Unwilling to give up our ego. Imagine the chief priests and Elders who were suppose to be Men of God telling others to tell Lies in order to protect their reputation. Unbelievable the depth to which Man can sink when He goes against His conscience once. Men who claim to be representatives of God giving brides so that their folly will not be exposed. They were leading others to Sin so that their our reputation might be protected. This is exactly what happens when a Lead refuse to acknowledge the Truth set before Him.
And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.: These Chief priests and Elders also have influence in Government. They know that Pilate would order them to be disciplined or killed, if He heard that they slept when they were on duty. But the Soldiers were assured that they would speak to the governor as long as they proclaim the Lie. Are these the leaders of God’s people? Who would have thought that Men who carry the Scriptures, pay their tithes and teach from the Scriptures Every Sabbath could descend to such a terrible level. The way of Sin is downward. Sin has a Way of pulling people into more Sins. To cover up for a Particular Sin, you will have to Sin More. Look at all they did to cover up the story of the resurrection of Christ. They lied, they bribed and they were willing to convince the public into believing a lie.
And the Soldiers took the Money just like many of them will do even today. They don’t care for Christ and His teachings. As long as Monetary benefits is attached to it, most Men of Force is willing to go against their conscience and convictions. Indeed the Love of Money is the root of all Evil(1 Timothy 6:10). They offered Money to Judas to betray Jesus, now they offered these Soldiers larger Sum to spread lies about His resurrection. Beware of Money!!! Each time we hold money, we must always recognize that this is “Another Master” that can easily and quietly replace God in our lives. For We must either Choose between Money or God. If You Love God, you Must Hate Money. If you Love Money, whether You believe it or not, You hate God.(Luke 16:13). And God allowed this Lies to spread throughout Israel until this day. If you ask a Jewish Man what happened to the body of Jesus, He will reply You, “It was stolen by His Disciples when the Roman Soldiers were asleep”. God Allows false stories to spread so that He can separate those who love the Truth from those who don’t love the Truth. God Himself allow those who don’t love the Truth to believe a lie(2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).You may say, “If I was a Jew, I would not have believed such stories”. But the proof is that what is your reaction when You hear stories about some Men of God today. Imagine Suddenly You heard a story that a well known Pastor committed Sexual immorality with the members of His church, what is your reaction? Or you heard that a Pastor embezzled the Money of the Church and spent it on himself, what is your reactions?”. We must be very careful in Giving opinions on things we heard from others. It could be false witness. And God allows such stories to spread about His Servants. Don’t be too quick to judge others. There is a great Lust in our Flesh to think Evil of others than Good. God’s word to us is that, ” judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts(1 Corinthians 4:5)”. The only reason why we have come to believe that Jesus really rose from the dead is because God grant us revelation in our Heart.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.: These eleven Disciples left Jerusalem and took a long walk to Galilee just to see Jesus. He had appeared to them several times at Jerusalem after His Resurrection, but yet they went to Galilee to see Him. No place is too far, as long as we will see Jesus there. No Church is too far as long as they show us Jesus in His Words. Shame on us if we complain that a Meeting place is too far if we are sure that the Lord is in such place. Am not talking about all Churches. Some people travel a long distance to a Church or conference and all they were taught was rubbish. They didn’t meet with Christ, they only met with an orator who flattered them instead of showing them Christ. They only met with a Magician who displayed some shows and ends up collecting their money.
Those who want to meet with the Lord must go to the place where He has appointed. For this Disciples, it was a Mountain, but for us it is the “Church”. The Church is our Galilee. The Church is the Pillar and ground of the Truth(1 Timothy 3:15).There are some people who travel to Israel only to come back and add “JP” to their names to show that they are above other brothers and sisters because they visited Jerusalem. They imagine that they have become Holier than other believers. It is absolutely Rubbish!!! Jesus is not in Galilee anymore!!! He is now the Head of the Church and those who are members of His body are His people. The Church is now the place appointed for us to meet with the Risen Lord!!!
When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted: There are always two categories of people in the world. Those who believed and worshiped and those who doubt. And there are also two categories of people among Believers. There are those who believe and worship Jesus and there are those who doubt. One would have thought that despite the wonderful things we have seen about the life of Jesus, His teachings, His Miracles, His Death and resurrection, everyone should have believed in Him. But what do we read at the end of it all, “Some worshiped, Some Doubted”. There will always be this two categories. The Christian life has to do with faith. Even when they Saw, some Doubted!!! Thomas Doubted as long as as he didn’t see. He said, ” Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe(John 20:25). But this is worse than Thomas case. They saw Him and Yet they were doubtful. Unbelief is so deeply rooted in the Heart of Man. You cannot imagine that even when God gave the strongest proof of Christ resurrection, yet some Doubted. The reason for Unbelief is Sin. Jesus said to some people in John 5:44 saying, ” How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?”. There is a close connection between Unbelief and seeking the Honour of Men. So why they Doubted was that deep down in their hearts, they sought the Honour of Men. If we can be free from seeking the Honour of Men, then we can join that glorious company who have faith and worship. If we really believe in Jesus, we have to Worship Him. A faith that does not result in worship and bowing down to Jesus and saying, “You are Lord!!! My Lord and My God!! Like Thomas said when He saw Jesus(John 20:28) is not Faith. True faith is that which leads to Worship. The Gospel that Jesus died and rose again must not only bring faith to our Hearts but Must lead us to Worship and yield our ALL to Him. This must be the result of our faith!!! Anything Less than this puts us in the category of those who Doubted.
Dear Friend, Humble Yourself when you discover that what You have always believed was Wrong. Be willing to got against any practice in your church that has no clear foundation in the teachings of the New Covenant. If you Honour God, God will Honour You. Don’t be concern about what people say because of Your stand for God’s Truths as seen in the Scriptures. Don’t seek to please men to get Honour and acceptance from them. If you have to stand alone, stand alone!!! Stand alone and be a True Worship whom the Father is seeking for. May the Lord give us Grace to apply what we have Learnt to our Daily Lives(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
#Everyday with Jesus.