Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves.
Matthew 28:1-10 is the Gospel reading for the Resurrection of Our Lord Sunday (Easter Day), Series A.
This text follows Matthew’s account of the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus in chapter 27. At the end of Matthew 27 the chief priests and Pharisees come before Pilate on Saturday evening (the end of the Sabbath Day) to request that the tomb (27:64) be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” Pilate gives them permission to secure the tomb by sealing it and setting up a guard of their own soldiers to secure it (Matthew 27:65-66). This is how Saturday ends.