Jesus rose from the dead and his disciples were afraid.
In Matthew’s Gospel, when the angel rolled back the stone covering the entrance of Jesus’ tomb, the Roman guards assigned to watch for grave robbers “were shaken with fear of (the angel) and became like dead men” (Matthew 28:4 NABRE).
The angel said to the women who had come to visit the grave, “Do not be afraid!” (Matthew 28:5a). When the angel had told them that Jesus had risen, they ran away “fearful yet overjoyed” (Matthew 28:8a)....
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