Just then Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”
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"Do not be afraid. Go and tell..."
— Matthew 28:10b
As I’ve read and re-read this passage to write today’s devotional, I’ve tried to think of an intro story that I could use to set the scene and provide insight. I’ve written no less than five intros of personal stories, and every time, they fail to communicate what has captured my heart as I re-read this passage.
Then it hit me—or rather He nudged me. “Tell them how we met. Tell them where I stopped you on the road and gave you the gift of resurrection.”
That’s the thing about this passage. I can’t think about it too long before I start thinking about my own journey to meet Christ. I always think back to the moment when Christ intersected with my story, and I became aware of my need for a Savior.
I grew up regularly hearing the stories of Jesus during my bedtime routine. I was the baby of the family, so everyone would come to my bedroom and read a story from the Bible to me. Then, we’d pray before I was tucked in.
One night, a new story was read to me. In my childlike way, I became aware that Christ was way more involved with me than I ever knew. I became aware His pursuit of me. I became aware of His selfless act on the cross—and I’d never heard of it before.
I was never the same after that night. Following that, for several Sunday afternoons, I’d sit in the floor with my mother and a Bible. I’d ask questions about Jesus, and I began to see more who Christ was—and more importantly my need for Him.
Then, during a worship service at my church a few weeks later, I surrendered my life to Christ in one of the back pews.
You may be thinking, “Well, that’s pretty narcissistic of you to immediately think about how Christ intersected in your life when you look at this passage.” But you see, I look at this passage like a spiritual lineage. I know Christ because these women were faithful to go and tell. I can’t look at this passage without seeing my story of redemption.
Let’s look at this passage from a different vantage point. I always put myself in the shoes or, pardon me, sandals of the Marys’. Here they were, walking to the tomb of their friend and Savior. Their purpose was to grieve and tend to a very different end of a story they’d hoped wouldn’t end at a tomb.
When the angel told them Jesus had risen, they ran to spread the news. And if that’s not enough, the Risen Christ stopped them in their tracks. He suddenly appeared as they were running back with news of His resurrection.
His first word was, “Greetings.” I wonder if He tried to say more, but the women just drowned Him out with their own words. The story doesn’t record what the women said to Him, but we know they weren’t silent. They fell at His feet and worshiped Him.
I wonder what their worship looked like. I wonder if they sang. I wonder if they danced. I guarantee there were tears of joy streaming down their faces. Their Savior had conquered sin. Their Savior had conquered death. Their Savior had risen from the dead. What a gift!
Christ showed up on their road, and then He gave them the gift of sharing that good news. Friend, that’s our gift as well. May you reflect, not only on how Christ suddenly appeared to the women on that road, but also on how He’s come to you. Now, GO AND TELL!
- Matthew 28:6 says, “He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.” Then in today’s passage, it ends with Christ saying, “Go and tell…” Do you see the divine order to His commands? Come, see, go, and tell? Reflect through each of those actions. How have you seen those actions play out in your spiritual journey? How have you come to seek Christ? How have you seen Christ? How have you gone intentionally to share Christ? Who did you tell?
- In today’s passage it mentions that the women fell at Christ’s feet and worshiped Him. Christ is with us all throughout our day, and yet often we may forget that He is present. Imagine for a moment that He suddenly appeared visibly before you like He did for the women on that road. What would you want to say or do before Him? Spend some time worshipping Him in the quiet of your heart.
- As mentioned above, this passage is the start of the viral spread of The Good News that has reached you through thousands of years and through thousands of people. Spend some time thinking through when you first heard the Good News that Christ had risen from the dead. What was your response? Write out your story of when you first heard about it, then prayerfully consider how you can be involved in passing it along.
- Perhaps you remember the joy of that day of your salvation, or maybe you’ve yet to respond to the news that Christ is alive. Take time today to talk with Jesus. Either recount with Him the sweet joy of beginning that relationship with Him, or talk with Him about why you have yet to respond. He’s waiting and longing to talk with you today.