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Saturday July 28 – The report of the guard

Tell people, “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. – Matthew 28:11-15

Scripture reading: Matthew 28:1-10

On the morning of the resurrection, there were many witnesses who could testify of Christ’s resurrection: men, women, and even the Roman guard. These Roman soldiers went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. Their report agreed with the facts that was broadcast by the disciples who had heard the angels or even seen their Risen Lord. This should have rung a bell with the leaders, to whom Christ had promised just one sign: the sign of Jonah the prophet – as Jonah was three days in the belly of the fish so He would be three days in the belly of the earth… and then rise! They cannot believe this. Their own theology and theories about Jesus are more credible than the Word of God!

Today, we meet with this kind of unbelief time and again. Man’s theories must be believed. The truth of God’s Word about creation, or women in office, doesn’t agree with new theology or with today’s culture. The truth, as revealed, has been declared obsolete, or must be re-interpreted with new rules for understanding the Scriptures. The Sanhedrin must have believed their own theory, or deemed it better for the church than the report of the guard. Today, still, we must heed Paul’s words when he calls us to be saved from this crooked generation, and Peter’s call to faith in a world where the lie is on the throne! Let us submit ourselves faithfully and in childlike confidence trust in the Word of God and the promises of our Saviour!

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for faith in the Word of God, in the promises of salvation. Pray for the faithful proclamation of God’s Word tomorrow.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. William den Hollander (Sr.) is minister-emeritus of the Bethel Canadian Reformed Church of Toronto.


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