Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fresh Look a Matthew: Matthew 28:1-8, third pass


They went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

Some things demand us to run.  This was one of them.  Because it is exciting, because it was urgent, because haste was commanded, and because the disciples in their despair needed the word as soon as possible.  We say commonly all hell broke loose.  That is sort of what happened on Friday; here, all heaven broke loose. 

Most things do not demand us to run, yet we do.  I don’t run any more.  Telling others the gospel is run-worthy.

The speech of the angel here in Matthew is concise but full.  Prophecy is fulfilled; Jesus told you this would happen.  Do not be afraid.  Here is physical proof he’s gone, and you will see him in physical form very soon. 

Women were the first to get the news.  Not the only, just the first, because they were there to hear it.   

Do women put themselves in that position, that condition, more than men, and thus hear things sooner?
Although we are commanded not to fear (be afraid), we are not judged for it.  It is a comfort, not a rebuke.

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