Doubts and Deception

Matthew 28: 8-15
Acts 2: 14, 22-33 / Ps 16: 1-2, 5, 7-11

…they departed quickly from the tomb, fearful yet full of great joy.
(Matthew 28: 8)

May the Holy Spirit’s power
Recharge us again this Easter;
May He make our mission richer
With His joy that lasts forever.

So they departed quickly from the tomb, fearful yet full of great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way 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 tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” While they were on their way, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed; and this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day (Matthew 28: 8-15).

Reflection

Jesus met the two women on their way to tell the others to confirm what the angels had told them, and to remove all traces of fear and doubt in their hearts. I tend to believe they took hold of His feet to assure themselves that they were not merely seeing a ghost before they worshiped Him. In fact, despite His predictions in the past that He would be killed but would rise again on the third day, His closest disciples still refused to believe the testimony of the women and the two others who had broken bread with Him on the way to Emmaus. Jesus had to appear before them and asked for something to eat just to convince them that He had indeed come back from the dead (John 24:35-42).

Doubting is part of our human nature, but concocting a lie and resorting to bribery to propagate it can never be justified for any reason. It is the tragedy of the Jewish nation that most of its people chose to believe this great deception by their chief priests that the body of Jesus was stolen from His grave by His disciples to make it appear that He had risen from the dead.

The fundamental principle that all true Christians uphold is that Jesus Christ was and is truly the Son of God Who became man, and His resurrection is our greatest proof. Those who doubt this principle can never claim genuine affinity with our Lord, and those who deny it can never enter the kingdom of His Father in heaven. For Jesus had said in no uncertain terms: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

May this season of Easter strengthen our faith in the Risen Lord. May it fill our hearts with genuine love for each other as Jesus had mandated before His ascension. May it also enliven us with the hope that we too will experience our own resurrection in the last day, to rise from our graves and join Him in His heavenly glory.

Lord Jesus, we believe that You resurrected from the dead to show us that the real life is not the one here on earth, but what awaits us in heaven. During this time of Easter, fill our hearts with praise and thanksgiving to our heavenly Father, as we pray for the Holy Spirit’s continuing guidance in our lives until our last days. Amen.

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