Matthew 28:7 And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”
Can you imagine the fear, turned confusion, turned excitement the morning the women found Jesus body missing from the tomb?
They were in disbelief. High grief. Wasn’t He the One? The sheer human pain from watching their beloved Teacher suffer the worst death imaginable.
The confusion of events is still conveyed between the 2nd hand accounts on such an action-filled, highly emotional morning. (Matthew 28:1-7, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-10).
Jesus’ followers had to wait the entire Sabbath day before attending to His body early that Sunday morning. I’m sure it felt like the longest Sabbath ever! I would imagine they were in disbelief as their minds ran through the unfathomably horrific events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. In Matthew 16:21-28 His disciples, namely Peter had tried to stop Him from sealing His fate by entering Jerusalem. Jesus refused. At which point, the method Jesus was declaring His Kingship, by riding on the back of a donkey, made the Pharisees who knew the prophesies meticulously, fume even more.
The disciples heard Jesus tell them very plainly and directly of His death and resurrection, yet witnessing it was something else. How would we deal with such shock of a seemingly horrible tragedy, knowing Jesus said it would happen, but perhaps not fathoming with the human mind that it was ordained by God?
How did the crowd turn from singing ‘HOSANAH’ a week earlier to crying “CRUCIFY HIM”? The yeast of the Pharisees was really that catastrophically viral to infect the multitude, and God allowed it. How could He possibly take the place of Barabus? They set Barabus free. A murderer. A criminal. – We are all Barabus. He took our place.
The range of negative emotions that could have gone through their minds, would have been extensive, especially if Jesus were to have stayed in the grave for longer.
But then, early the next morning, oh blessed, glorious morning. The ground quaked. The stone displaced.
The women found this glorious sight as they brought spices for His body. His tomb laid empty. The face of an angel shining like lightning, told them not to be afraid, that He had risen like He said, and to “go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead!” (Ref: Matthew 28:1-7)
My of my, how the excitement was uncontainable from spreading. Jesus had done it. He’d done it! He’d risen from the grave to set us free.
Praise Your great name forever King Jesus!
Have a Blessed Resurrection Day this Sunday, My Friends!