“So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples.”
Here we are, it’s now Sunday morning, and Jesus has risen! AMEN! That get’s me so excited.
I love reading this passage over and over and over again, in all 4 Gospels—each of them telling the same story, some highlighting different details than the other.
I really encourage you to take time and read “The Resurrection” read the passage in Matthew, in Mark, in Luke, and John. Read the words and feel how God speaks to you.
In Matthew, this verse really stood out to be; they departed quickly with fear and great joy.
Could you imagine going to find Jesus dead in his tomb and instead of finding the rock had been rolled away and an angel was sitting there? I think that would cause me great fear and joy. On the one hand, I can see where it’s scary to have witnessed his body gone but on the other hand, oh, the joy in knowing He was alive.
This part in the story is where our very faith is centered. Jesus wasn’t a prophet; he was the messiah. He was the Christ. He was the son of God. The power the flowed through his veins.
This verse really spoke to me personally; like I said yesterday, sometimes old dreams come back to life. Sometimes, new plans come to life. Sometimes, things happen that you had no intention would happen. And it’s all God. Sometimes you have a plan, and it seems logical, but then the unexplainable happens. God opens a door that you never thought you’d walkthrough, and yes, it’s both terrifying and wonderful. You can be full of fear and full of joy.
But this verse should give you direction on what to do next, run, and tell his disciples. It doesn’t say run and tell the world. No run and tell his disciples. It’s important to have a group of people who love and believe in Jesus to run to and go to so that you can share when God moves in your life.
If you don’t, I encourage you to find an in-person community; this weekend is a great opportunity to meet some new faces. There is nothing in this world like sharing the love and works of Jesus with other believers. So this is me saying, the next time God opens a door in your life that you thought was unable to open, run, don’t walk.
Jesus, we thank you for your sacrifice; thank you for dying on that cross and taking the keys back from hell. Thank you for loving us the way you do. Thank you for reviving dreams in us. Thank you for opening doors for us. Thank you for breaking strongholds and ripping the bondage that keeps us. What you did was show us that there is nothing that holds us. May we live the way you intended for us to live. May our lives be a living sacrifice for you. We thank you for the work you do in us every day; it is with everything in us that we pray, AMEN and AMEN!
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