There was a heavy veil in the temple which hung between the Holy of Holies and the congregation. The veil was very thick and weighed so much it took 300 men to lift it. The temple priests on duty when Jesus died recorded that an earthquake tore this veil from top to bottom. This miracle illustrated that because Christ died for us, we as individuals can now approach the throne of God for communion, prayer, and worship without a mediator.
A second earthquake was accompanied by the descent of two angels and the rolling back of the massive stone which had sealed the tomb where Jesus was buried. This caused the guards to shake and become “like dead men”. When the women arrived at the tomb, an angel told them, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay." (Matthew 28:5, 6) There they found the grave cloths, neatly lying in the shape of His body.
The rolling away of the stone was not necessary for Christ’s body to come out of the tomb; it was a sign of the defeat of Rome's power. The women had gone to mourn; instead they were assured that Christ was alive forevermore! Death could not keep its prey. Faith and hope had risen from the grave!
When they heard and saw these things and so much more, the transformation of the state of mind and conduct of Christ’s disciples, followers, and friends was also evidence of the Resurrection. The apostles preached to the very men who had aided in the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus and who had heard that He would rise again. (See Matthew 27:62, 63) On the day of Pentecost, many who had assisted in Christ’s death became His disciples, giving fresh proof of the power of His Resurrection. (See Acts 2:36-41)
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join us for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship at 11 a.m., our Sunday Evening Service at 7 p.m., and our Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can also be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m.