The Angel at the Tomb
Daily Bible Reading – Matthew 28; 1 Thessalonians 1-3
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 28:1-10
When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary (who was either Clopas’ wife or the mother of James and John) went to the tomb, they were expecting to find Jesus inside. What they found instead was an angel of the Lord and an empty tomb. The angel gave them four messages. First, the angel said, “do not be afraid“. (28:5) The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a joyful event, not something to fear. Secondly, the angel told them that, “He is not here; He has risen“. (28:6) Jesus was not dead as was initially believed by the disciples. He is not found among the dead, for He is alive and living with His believers. Third, the angel told them to, “come and see the place where he lay“. (28:6) The angel was telling them to look at the evidence of the empty tomb. The angel wanted them to see for themselves that the resurrection was a fact and not something fake. Finally, he told them to, “go quickly and tell” about the resurrection. (28:7) The news of a risen Jesus was meant to be shared with others so that everyone could know the good news.
These four messages from the angel applied to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, and they apply to us today. We should all hear these four messages and follow the two Mary’s examples. The two Mary’s heard the words of the angel and did what they were told. They were not afraid of the resurrection. They understood that Jesus was risen. They examined the evidence of the resurrection for themselves and found it to be true, and they went and spread the good news of Jesus resurrection. We should all do the same. Every time we follow these steps and spread the good news of Jesus resurrection, we are advancing the Kingdom of God. When was the last time you shared the good news of Jesus with someone else? We all have the power through the Holy Spirit to do it. God wants us to do it. The only thing stopping us from sharing the news is ourselves. Ask God for boldness in sharing the Gospel and He will give it to you. Use the gifts He has given you to reach other people for Christ.
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