Day 153/260: Read Matthew 28
What is your reaction to the message of the resurrection?
The women who went to the tomb and found it empty were greeted by an angel, described as one whose “countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.” He said to them, “Do not be afraid.…And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him.”
Matthew tells us that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary “went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.” Fear mingled with joy motivated these women to urgently tell others of their Lord’s resurrection.
Why should we have a sense of fear when we are teaching others the truth? Perhaps part has to do with the fate of those who reject Him and rebel against Him. There is also the thought of our own shortcomings; if we do not find some way to tell others, we have neglected our own responsibility.
However, we should never let that fear dampen the joy of the gospel message. Jesus lived a sinless life; His blood was shed for the remission of our sins; He was raised the third day and now reigns in heaven! What hope we have because of His love!
Do we feel the same urgency about spreading the message as the women in the last chapter of Matthew? If not, why not? Is it because we lack the proper fear and joy?
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Matthew 26:28. “For this is the ______________ of the new covenant, which is ______________ for many for the remission of sins.”
Pray for a greater sense of urgency in teaching the gospel; pray for a proper dose of fear and joy in the truth.