God’s Holy People

The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. Matthew 27:52-53
Have you ever read this verse? More than likely you have. These verses are just two verses after Jesus “gave up his spirit” and died on the cross (Matthew 27:50). Funny thing for me, though, is that I must have just run over this verse because even though I’ve read through the Bible many times, I don’t remember reading this passage. Not only was the curtain of the Temple torn in two from top to bottom (v. 51), but people literally came back to life. Not just any people, though. Scripture says many holy people were raised to life. In an instant. Don’t you know that the elders and the chief priests, those responsible for the death of the Messiah, don’t you just know that they were shaking in their boots when they started to see things happening? I imagine they went home that night to their wives and for the life in them couldn’t fall asleep. Of course I’m amazed by what I read in this passage and find myself in awe, again, over what happened after Jesus breathed his last breath. That’s a no-brainer. But now I’m wondering, who were the holy people. Who were these people whose lives set them apart? What was their character like? And would my life represent that? I don’t want to be labeled as holy or righteous by those around me. My goal in life isn’t to get the accolades of my peers or those I mentor. No, I want my Heavenly Father to see me and say, “Yes, she set her life apart from the world and made a difference in my name.” Quite frankly, that’s enough for me.

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