An Easter Story…Part 3

MATTHEW 26-28 ~ THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS, THE KING

‘Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying – I don’t know the man” and immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peters mind : “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And Peter went away, weeping bitterly.’      MATTHEW 26:74-75

When Jesus entered Peters life, this plain fisherman became a new person with new goals and new priorities. He did not become a perfect person however, and he never stopped being Simon-Peter. We  may wonder what Jesus saw in Simon that made him greet this potential disciple with a new name: Peter- “the rock”. Impulsive Peter certainly didn’t act like a rock much of the time. But when Jesus chose his followers, he wasn’t looking for models; he was looking for real people. He chose people who could be changed by his love, and then sent them out to communicate that this acceptance was available to anyone – even to those who often fail. We may wonder what Jesus see’s in us when he calls us to follow him. But we know Jesus accepted Peter, and in spite of his failures, Peter went on to do great things for God. Are you willing to keep following Jesus, even when you fail? STUDY NOTE: MATTHEW 26

‘Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, the bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the Holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.’   MATTHEW 27:50-53

Christs death was accompanied by at least four miraculous events: Darkness, The tearing in two of the curtain in the temple, An earthquake, And dead people rising from their tombs. Jesus death therefore, could not have gone unnoticed. Everyone knew something significant had happened.    STUDY NOTE: NLT STUDY BIBLE – MATTHEW 27:52, 53

 

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