Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Important Message - Even More Important Jesus

Matthew 28:1-9 (NLT)
Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. 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.”

The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him.

The women were given an important task by an angel of the Lord – go quickly and tell his disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead.  Certainly everyone needed to know as soon as possible that Jesus fulfilled the prophecy concerning the Messiah.  Nothing could be more important than delivering that message, right?  Notice the phrase I underlined.

They took time to fall at His feet and worship Him.  In all of our hurry to do the work of the Lord, we must not fail to recognize, acknowledge, and worship the Lord.  These women could have had tunnel vision for the task at hand and completely missed the Savior.  How many times have we, by our actions, said to Jesus “Not right now, I have to go to church”?  Take some time out of this busy holy week to run to him, grasp his feet, and worship him.

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