April 8, 2020

Today’s reading is the story Easter as told in Matthew. If you want to wait until Sunday to read this head on over to our daily devotions page.

A reflection on Matthew 28 by our Assistant Program Director, Angie Smith.

Some people always seem to miss the point. Again, the chief priests and the elders refuse to give up their power. Instead, they use their power and currency to silence the witnesses of the resurrection, as if their actions could somehow stop God.

Meanwhile, the women are telling the male disciples that they have seen Jesus. The disciples go to the mountain and they encounter the risen Lord. They worship him, as they should, but Matthew also tells us “but some doubted.”

How much more must happen before the disciples stop missing the point? Everything that Jesus told them was going to happen has happened and still some doubt. It’s easy for us to shake our heads at the disciples, how dumb can they be?

And yet how often do we doubt Jesus. Jesus tells us that he will always be with us, but do we always believe that? Often in the face of disaster, someone will say that God has abandoned his people as if God would break a promise.

We believe in a God who keeps his promises. As humans we break promises, we even break promises that we make with God, but God will never break his promise to always be with us. Amen.