In Matthew 28:15, the guards took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.

When the devil confronts us with a tempting offer, what do we do? The guards who saw the works of God before their very eyes had their hearts set on money instead of truth. As Jesus asked in Matthew 16:26, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” The devil offered Jesus all the kingdoms of this world and Jesus turned him down without hesitation.  We have all bought into the devil’s lies at least once in our lifetime (and many of us a lot more times), but all glory to God that through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we were bought out of our contract with the devil. It doesn’t seem it is the resurrection people really have a problem with. It is actually the change of lifestyle the resurrection demands. If Jesus did rise from the dead, then He is God. If He is God, then we must stop worshipping ourselves and start worshipping Him. It is more than an intellectual ability that keeps us away from God. Itis the pride of the human heart. It is amazing how we put so much trust in something that starts to fail us and may eventually attacks us as we get older. The human heart has a mind of its own. It eats on its own, it stops on its own, it attacks us on its own. I would rather put my trust in the Creator of the heart who actually cares about my eternal life instead of my created heart which doesn’t care what happens to me by the time this reflection ends.


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