Matthew 27:62 – 66, Ephesians 4: 7-10
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The Guard at the Tomb
Matthew 27: 62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” (NIV)
Ephesians 4: 7-10 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”
9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) (NIV)
We often forget that Jesus had unfinished business when He was taken off of that Cross. His work for us was done but there was a little matter of keys for Death and Hades (Revelation 1:18). He went in for a “victory lap” and came out with EVERYTHING under His feet.
I would like to thank the founder of this “Holy Week Calendar” study. His name is Johnny Driscoll and he was an inspiration for all who knew him. He died of a heart attack while running for a plane that was to take him on a mission trip. Johnny, you have been missed.