Come See Where He Lay

Matthew 28:1-10. 18th Nisan. The angels said to the women, “Come and see where he lay”. So they may believe what Jesus had said, that He would rise from the dead.

The angel said to the women, “Go tell the disciples to go to Galilee.”

After the women left the empty tomb they met Jesus and worshiped Him. Jesus said, “Go tell my disciples to go to Galilee.” This is the second time these women had been given this message. First by the angel, then by Jesus Himself.

Why was so important for the disciples to go to Galilee from where they were in Jerusalem, where the death and resurrection of Jesus had taken place? What was Jesus going to do in Galilee that could not happen in Jerusalem?

Background Reading:

Come see were He lay – Jesus is Raised from the Dead

28:1 After the Sabbaths [Passover Sabbath and the weekly Sabbath], around dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to take a look at the burial site. 2 Suddenly, there was a powerful earthquake, because an angel of the Lord had come down from heaven, approached the stone, rolled it away, and was sitting on top of it. 3 His appearance was bright as lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 Trembling from fear, even the guards themselves became catatonic.

5 Responding to the women, the angel said, “Stop being frightened! I know you’re looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here. He has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee, and you will see him there. Remember, I have told you!”

8 So they quickly left the tomb, terrified but also ecstatic, and ran to tell Jesus’ disciples. 9 Suddenly, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They went up to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then Jesus told them, “Stop being frightened! Go and tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”
Matthew 28:1-10
Also read, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-8, John 20:1-18, Acts 1:11.

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