It’s Monday again.

You know what that means!

Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, we meet over here and talk a little bit about someone we’ve been learning about in the Bible. We look at the stories and see how they apply to us today.

These old stories hold truths that impact our stories today. I don’t want to miss these lessons – and I sure hope you’ll join us today in the comments or by planning to write with us next time. We’ll be back again on November 3rd.

The link-up stays open all week, so feel free to write later and then come back.

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*This story follows right after Jesus’ crucifixion.

*It is one of the last stories in the book of Matthew.

*Speaking of, you’ll find this story in Matthew 28:1-10. You may have heard of the Great Commission? That comes right after this.

So, What Happened?

After Jesus was crucified He was placed in a tomb. Because of the timing and the day, it was not possible for Him to be anointed with oils and perfumes as was customary. Mary and Mary Magdelene went at dawn on the first day of the week to do so. But there was a giant earthquake and the stone that covered the tomb was rolled away.

An angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”

They did just that, looking in the tomb and seeing that He wasn’t there. The angel also told the women to go and quickly tell His disciples the news. The women hurried away, “afraid yet filled with joy,” to tell the disciples.

As they were on their way Jesus met them. He greeted them, they clasped his feet and worshiped Him. He also said, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

What Does This Mean For Me?

There are a few key phrases in this story that stand out to me. And obviously, I bolded them. :) Let’s go through them one by one.

First, a little side note: Isn’t it so interesting that they went at dawn? There was no waiting for these women. No, they didn’t know how they would move the stone. No, they probably didn’t have the very nicest perfumes or oils. No, the guards may not let them through. But this was their Savior and although they had so many questions and didn’t understand why or how He could have actually died, they were going to anoint Him, love Him, and honor Him the best they knew how.

As Jesus always does, He moved obstacles and paved the way. The stone was already moved before their arrival.

Much more important: Jesus wasn’t there.

He hadn’t been stolen or misplaced. He had risen.

For a long time I thought the angels words, “Do not be afraid” were in response to them seeing an angel. The Bible makes it clear they don’t look like the little cherubs we often associate them with. But I think their fear, though that may have played a part, was largely because their best friend and Savior appeared to be missing.

The angel spoke four words that I want to cling to when doubts arise or I am unsure.

just. as. he. said.

He could have simply said the Lord had risen. But instead he pointed them back to the words of Jesus, the promises you and I today can still cling to.

His words are sure and unfailing. They are true in the good and they are just as true in the bad. They hold strong. Just as He said.

When the women hurried away they were filled with both fright and joy – and probably a lot of other emotions. Can you even imagine? You come expecting one thing and then the door is opened or the stone rolled away, and all that you had pictured is not what is. You expect things to go one way but the opposite happens. You’re scared, unsure, a little terrified and a lot frustrated. Because now what? And how come? And what are you supposed to do now? How are you to find joy in the uncertainty?

But they did. They followed and hurried to do as he said. 

Oh, that I would do this, too. Not just when I understand what He’s asking. Not just when it’s convenient for me or fits in my pre-thought-out plan – but always, that I would hurry.

I want to hurry to do His will with joy being the emotion that reigns supreme.

And don’t you love that He met them on their way? They were never really alone, not even in the time of wondering or uncertainty. He was always true. He didn’t have to meet them, but He did.

“Do not be afraid.”

He doesn’t change. Not yesterday, today, or tomorrow. We can cling to His words, knowing that He will meet us where we are.

Just as He said.