Re: Verse reading–Matthew 27:32-54 (day three)

“They came out of the tombs…” This little section of the passage can seem outlandish: Jesus dies, an earthquake occurs, tombs get split open, and the bodies of previously dead holy people come alive, walk into the city, and appear to a significant number of residents. What? But consider: The death of Jesus was the last act of death’s mastery over the human race—or more precisely, it was death’s first failure. Death had always had the final say over families, communities, nations, the world. Humanity could never answer it—only accept it. But after Jesus’s final breath, death would no longer go unanswered. In this new reality, resurrection isn’t bizarre, it’s the way life goes. Tombs are no longer everlasting places of entry, but now permanent places of exit, for all who count on Christ.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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