Behold, Be Up, Be On!

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… 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.’ Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw him they worshiped him. And Jesus came and said to them,.. ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” Matthew 28:1-2,5-10,16-17,18-20

After Jesus’s crucifixion and burial, the women were compelled to be near Him, but found an empty tomb. The cross had changed everything, and would forever alter, and redirect, their life path. When the angel appeared, startling their overwhelming emotions with the truth that their Teacher-Savior was alive, he told them to look at the place He had been, then “Go!” They went, and fast, and met Jesus and worshiped Him, Who then also told them to “Go!” When the disciples saw the resurrected Lord, they too worshiped, and He told them to “Go!”

Resurrected Jesus plaque, Jerusalem

It is good and right to seek and to adore Jesus, to behold Him in His glory and worship Him alive in resurrection power, but He commands that we then take the joy of being in His presence, and “Go!” Worship fuels our witness. When once filled with the wonder of His life and beauty and love, our fear is replaced with zeal, our confusion with clarity, and we are equipped to take the message of His victory over death and His gift of salvation to a needy world. He Who is declared risen and alive is with us always, guiding our steps and empowering our testimony as we tell and train others to follow Him.

Lord, keep my heart in wonder at Your empty tomb, even as my feet go abroad and my mouth speaks Your truth. May Your resurrection power make effectual Your word, and bring many to know and marvel at You.




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