What ever happened to these people?
The graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Mt. 27:52,53 KJV)
What kind of reception did they receive?
There are a lot of unanswered questions through the bible and life.
There are many aspects of God’s plan that remain mysterious.
The life of following Jesus is lived “by believing, not by seeing” (2 Cor. 5:7).
In high school, a teacher broached the subject of the many unanswered questions that life would bring. In essence she responded to mysterious questions involving God with a “because I believe”. It wasn’t totally satisfying to our inquiring minds, but it remains true. Those were the days a few years after the ruling in 1963 that banned public reading of the bible in a public school by a person in authority. Before the bible ban, in our homeroom classes a short passage of the bible would be read. It was typically out of Psalms or Proverbs and was read without commentary or influence. Our teacher, when pressed why she would believe without fully knowing all the answers about God, or the bible, or a particular philosophy, simply replied, “because I believe”.
As a 62 year old, my questions are different than as a teen-ager searching for the meaning of life. There remain unanswered questions, and I seem to always default to my teacher’s response, “because I believe.”
I believe and, yet I still don’t know what happened to the people who rose from the dead at the moment of Christ’s resurrection. I still believe without the satisfaction of knowing answers to mysteries that remain.