Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” – Matthew 28:1-10 (NLT)
The women showed remarkable faithfulness to Jesus by courageously coming to the tomb. Their faith was rewarded as these women became the first eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus. The evidence here is that they saw Jesus, heard Jesus speak, and grabbed his feet. This was no vision or spirit they were encountering. It was the risen Jesus. Mourning and sadness turned to shock and awe and then to worship. The fact that Jesus took the worship of these women is important. By not correcting their worship of him (it happens again in verse 17) Jesus confirms he is God. Think of Revelation 19:10 when John falls down to worship an angel. The angel says, “You must not do that.” For Jesus to accept worship was a statement of his divinity. The resurrection of Jesus is a critical part of our faith. It gives us hope. Death is no longer victorious. God rules and reigns over everything.
What does the resurrection of Jesus mean to you? How has his resurrection changed your story?