Matthew 27:62 English Standard Version

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate.

Matthew 6:34 English Standard Version (ESV) “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Jesus tells us not to be anxious about tomorrow. What is not said in this comment is what to do about tomorrow. Tomorrow is “the next day after we have prepared ourselves. Here is our lesson from the Pharisees about how they acted on the morrow.

They went about preparing to serve God as instructed by God’s Word. They had a service to perform but rather than performing in obedience of faith, they sought to save their position in the world by going to a worldly authority to help them secure their position.

When we read commentaries about their actions we will discover a number of selfish reasons for their failure to perform their duties which they had done in preparation for that day.

Each day we spend in preparation for tomorrow. We can find our duty in the Word or we can find our duty in the world. Duty to His Word is faith, duty to the world is fear.

The best way to combat anxiety about tomorrow is to prepare for it in God’s Word.

Being prepared comes first but does not mean we will act according to His will. In this we must accept that the first requirement for a loving relationship is commitment. Following through on our commitments is the only real test of our love for anyone, man, beast or God.

That which is placed under our care by God is part of our commitment to God.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:”

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