Title: Jesus Rises
Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10 (ESV)
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
Explanation: The disciples were distraught when Jesus told them He was going away (alluding to His death). When He actually was arrested, they were in a downright panic, so much so that most of them ran away and hid. What they loved most over the last few years of ministry with Jesus was His presence, and what they feared most was the lack of it. They knew once they decided to follow Jesus, their worth, their power, and their meaning in life came from Him. Now that He was gone, it shook their world. That is what made the news from the angel so amazing. “Go to Galilee, there you will see Him.” This is what made the resurrection (among many reasons) so amazing to the disciples. It meant that Jesus was still with them. And it means the very same for us. Jesus still being alive comes with the promise of His presence in our lives (and we will see tomorrow exactly how that happens). Just like the disciples, it’s God being with us that changes everything for us.
1. What is one thing that stands out to you in today’s reading?
2. Reflect on one story of how knowing God was with you changed your life.
3. What is a circumstance or situation you are going through right now where you need to remember that Jesus lives and is with you right now?