To conclude our series on The Miracles of Calvary, we are going to consider a part of the Easter story that receives surprisingly little attention…
The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (Matthew 27:52-53)
This took place in two stages. The tombs were opened on Good Friday right after Jesus died, and then the saints were raised to life on Easter Sunday after Jesus’ resurrection. Some of our curious questions about this miracle will need to remain unanswered for now. The Bible doesn’t say who they were, how many they were, or how long they had been dead. We don’t know if they went into people’s homes, or just walked the streets of Jerusalem. We don’t know if they returned to normal life for some time, or were taken immediately to Heaven.
What we do know is that they were raised to new life because they had believed in the Saviour who was to come. When Matthew said they appeared to many, the Greek he used indicates they were not only seen, but plainly recognized. Can you imagine what it must have been like in Jerusalem that day? People were seeing loved ones whose funerals they had attended! At the same time, a rumour was going around town that Jesus of Nazareth had also been raised from the dead.
Why did God perform this miracle? I think He did it to show that what happened for Jesus can also happen for us. All true believers will share in Him resurrection. Jesus said, “Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19b)
Jesus has already had His resurrection day. The Apostle Paul wrote about a resurrection day that is coming for Jesus’ followers: “For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
Today’s Good News is that Jesus conquered the grave, and because He lives, you also can live.
Now, go share the Good News…
THE MIRACLES OF CALVARY:
(1) Darkness covered the land for 3 hours.
(2) The curtain in the Temple was torn in two.
(3) The earth shook when God’s Law was fulfilled.
(4) The graves of many holy people were opened.
(5) Jesus’ body disappeared, while the grave clothes remained undisturbed.
(6) The saints whose graves were opened were revived, and recognized in Jerusalem.
This is Part #6 of a series on The Miracles of Calvary. I invite you to come back tomorrow for an Easter Sunday devotional.
An important source for this series was a book by William R. Nicholson called The Six Miracles of Calvary.
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