Do You Want To Meet Jesus?
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Please begin by reading this passage…
Matthew 28:1-10 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Meeting Jesus Regularly
I know that as Christians we usually use the phrases, “Come to Jesus, Meet Jesus, Led to the Lord,” and other such phrases when we speak of sharing the Gospel with someone. We also use these phrases when we speak of someone becoming a Christian. But the above passage tells the story of two women who were already very well acquainted with Jesus meeting up with him again. Oh, how good to know that meeting Jesus is not a one-time experience!
In fact, meeting Jesus over and over is crucial to our relationship. Think about your spouse, or significant other, or even just a good friend. You have your memory and your experience of meeting them for the first time, but if that were the only time you ever met up with them it wouldn’t have been much of relationship, right? It was those other meetings, time after time, that really built the relationship over the years, and is still building your relationship today. It is the same with our Lord. Yes, we were introduced to Jesus at salvation, but that should not be the only time we meet Him. Let’s look at this story of the two Marys to find out something more about how to foster meetings with Jesus.
They Were Up Early Seeking Jesus
Verse 1: In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.
These ladies were up early, before the dawn, “as it began to dawn.” If we are to seek a meeting with Jesus, it is best to do this early in the day, before our day begins. There is no formula to worship or time with the Lord, but it only makes sense that if we draw our strength from him, that we would seek out this strength before we need it. You are going to need the strength of Jesus for the rest of your day. Your tank needs filling before you start the journey. Personal quiet time with the Lord is the most important element of your Christian life. Seek Jesus early.
They Obeyed the Word Given to Them
Verses 7-8: And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy.
When these ladies got to the sepulcher they were given instructions from Heaven. The Word of God was given to them by means of the angel and they did not hesitate to obey. You want to meet up with Jesus? You must be obedient to the Word and the will of God that has already been revealed to you. Most of us know what we are supposed to be doing. God does not just leave His children in the dark with no instructions. Perhaps you do not have the whole picture just yet of what God is going to ultimately do in your life, but you have enough Word and light for today. Obey the Word that has already been given.
They Were Running to Tell Others About Jesus
Verse 8: And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
These ladies got the privilege of meeting up with Jesus because they were busy running to tell others about Him. They did not debate about whether it was too early in the morning to go. They did not worry about whether or not they were going to disturb the disciples. They didn’t even worry about whether or not the disciples would believe them. They just went. No, actually they ran. When we are busy sharing Christ and His Word with others, Jesus will make sure to meet up with us.
What Happens When We Meet Up With Jesus?
Verses 9-10: And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
When we are up early seeking Jesus, obeying the Word we already have been given, and are busy sharing Christ with others Jesus will meet up with us consistently. What happens when Jesus meets us? We will worship and He will comfort. Worship is not a mysterious thing. It is just what naturally happens when we are in the presence of our Savior with a clean heart. And His comfort is just what naturally happens when we worship. What did He say to these ladies? “Be not afraid.”
It is no coincidence that the phrase, or a variation of the phrase, “Do not be afraid” is written in the Bible 365 times. The comfort of the Lord is available to us every single day of the year, but it is most potent when we are meeting Jesus intimately in worship.
Many of us are teachers, ministers, parents and church volunteers. We have said “yes” to Jesus by serving in these roles. We have said, “Yes, we want to introduce others to Jesus.” But we cannot introduce others to Jesus unless we are meeting Him daily ourselves. Have you met Jesus lately?
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