WITH FEAR AND GREAT JOY

Two women named Mary were the first to see Jesus after he had risen from the dead. They were on their way to Jesus’ tomb when they met up with “The Angel of the Lord” who said to them, “Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come; see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead…”

Sometimes we hear this story and it rolls over us because we have heard it so often. Think about this for a minute. Just a few days ago these two women witnessed Jesus being nailed to a cross and left to die. I’m sure the scene was horrifying to say the least in fact, I read once that the word excruciating actually never existed prior to crucifixion. If you’ll notice the word crucify is in the very center of the word ex “cruci” ating. They had been involved in the most intense moment of all of history watching Jesus beaten, crucified and then die. They must have been in shock.

Now as we read the account as found in Matthew 28 an angel tells the Mary’s to go and tell the other disciples what has happened. The text says, “And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy.” I find that amazing don’t you? They were filled with fear and great joy at the same time. I guess you could say they were giddy with excitement. Then they ran right into Jesus and fell at his feet in worship which was the only appropriate thing to do don’t you think?

Once the ladies arrived to tell the other disciples they didn’t believe them and said their words sounded like idle tales or fairy tales to them. They probably thought the women were delirious from shock. I would imagine they were excited and talking real fast to the point where the disciples couldn’t catch all of what they were saying.

I remember the night I was born again. Tracey and I were not married at the time so I called her in an attempt to describe to her what had just happened to me. My heart was racing as I attempted to describe to her about my experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit. She couldn’t understand most of what I said so we hung up. This is the closest I can come to relating to how the two Mary’s must have felt as they tried to tell the disciples they had just seen and spoken with Jesus. The good news is they did eventually believe and go to the tomb to see for themselves. This after all is the point isn’t it? We all must come to believe for ourselves don’t we?

“He is risen!”   “He is risen indeed!”

Written by Louie

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2 thoughts on “WITH FEAR AND GREAT JOY

  1. as it says in john chapter six–only if the father draws you in will you believe–in our natural human state nothing of the divine realm means a thing to us–believing in resurrection was always foolishness to me until god captured me now it makes all the sense in the world to me.

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