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Humble Hero, Page 359

“The Lord Is Risen”

This chapter is based on Matthew 28:2-4; 11-15.

The night of the first day of the week had worn slowly away. Christ was still a prisoner in His tomb. The Roman seal was unbroken; the Roman guards were keeping their watch. If it had been possible, the prince of darkness would have kept the tomb that held the Son of God sealed forever. But heavenly angels who excel in strength were waiting to welcome the Prince of life.

“And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven.” The bright beams of God’s glory illuminated his pathway. “His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.”

This messenger was the angel who fills the position that Satan lost. As he rolled away the stone, heaven seemed to come down to earth. The soldiers saw him removing the stone as if it were a pebble, and they heard him cry, “Son of God, come out; Your Father is calling You.” They saw Jesus come out from the grave and heard Him proclaim over the open tomb, “I am the resurrection and the life.” As He came out in majesty and glory, the multitude of angels welcomed Him with songs of praise.

At sight of the angels and the glorified Savior, the Roman guard had fainted and become like dead men. When the heavenly procession was no longer visible, they got up and, staggering like drunken men, hurried to the city, telling those whom they met the wonderful news. They were making their way to Pilate, but the priests and rulers sent for them to come first to meet with them. Trembling with fear, their faces colorless, the soldiers told all, just as they had seen it. They said, “It was the Son of God who was crucified; we have heard an angel proclaiming Him as the Majesty of heaven, the King of glory!”

Caiaphas Urges Deceit

Caiaphas tried to speak. His lips moved, but they uttered no sound. The soldiers were about to leave when Caiaphas at last found speech. “Wait, wait,” he said. “Tell no one the things you have seen.”

“Tell them,” said the priests, “His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.” Here the priests overdid their story. If the soldiers were

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