Matthew 28: 18
“saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’”” (NKJV)
It is a lie that has been going around for a long time. A lie that takes away the godliness of Jesus Christ. A lie that refutes Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the grave. A lie that keeps millions from knowing the truth. A lie that can keep us away from knowing abundant life in Christ.
A little background on the verse – Jesus had resurrected from the tomb He was in for three days. When the soldiers on guard reported it to the chief priests, they decided the best way to suppress the news was to spread a lie – “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.” I am amazed at how hard their hearts had become. They had challenged Jesus earlier – “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” (Matthew 27:40).
How did they miss it? They knew the full background of this guy called Jesus and all the claims He made. They had even seen Him on the cross. And here it was – the final proof – an empty tomb. They knew it wasn’t the disciples who took away the body. But they didn’t believe because they had a very serious condition – hard hearts. One serious problem with this condition is that, as time go by, hard hearts become harder. We are all susceptible to this condition. If we feed ourselves with what the world has to offer – materialism, self-made solutions – they are all the devil’s lies – we really end up with that same condition – hard hearts. Even when the truth is right before our eyes, we refuse to believe. We refuse to accept the truth and we look away. We throw sand hoping that it will cover the truth and as time goes by, it will cover the truth. In the meanwhile, we try living our lives without the help of the Savior, the One who created us and end up broken and bruised and losing our beat. We become arrhythmic.
But there is hope. God knows. He knows all about our condition and is willing to trade. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26). It does not matter how hard your heart is or has become. God’s offer is valid on any heart at any level of hardness. The Lord knows how to put the rhythm back to your music. Ask the millions of people who have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord & Savior.
Pray in your own words: Tell Him your heart condition. Ask Him to take your hard heart and give you a new one – a heart that will beat to His music. Ask Him to come into your life and be the Lord & Savior.
Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 7-9 (Old Testament), Matthew 3 (New Testament) (Click here to read)
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