So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” (Matthew 28:8-10)
Can you imagine what it was like to see Jesus after His resurrection? For all anyone knew, Jesus was as good as dead. Many people had watched Him breathe His last. I can’t even fathom what it must have been like to see and talk to Jesus after He rose from the dead.
Thankfully, Jesus didn’t just take a stroll through the city after His resurrection and then call it a day. He still had things to do, people to see, and, most importantly, things to say. I want us to focus closely on these words today.
If you look at the post-resurrection appearances, three great phrases emerge from Jesus. First, He says, “I am alive.” He is saying what many people struggled to believe even when He was standing before their eyes. He is stating very plainly that He conquered death and is alive again.
He also says, “I want to be with you.” God is not one to practice social distancing. He wants to be with His children, and He wants to have fellowship with you. He wants to hear your voice as you pray to Him and seek Him. Don’t shy away from Him when you are feeling anxious, uncertain, or alone. Instead, draw near to Him. As Jesus reminds us, He wants to be with us.
Additionally, Jesus says, “You have a mission to fulfill.” That is what Easter is all about. God’s grand plan for salvation and redemption didn’t stop after Jesus was resurrected. In fact, the resurrection was the catalyst that gave each of Jesus’ followers the power, the confidence, and the hope to share the Gospel with those who had yet to hear it. Remember, God has a plan for your life; and He wants nothing more than for you to be a part of His Kingdom plan in furthering the Gospel message.