Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Just As He Said
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know you
are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen,
just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.’”
Matt 28:5-6 (NIV)
Two women approached the garden tomb where they saw the men lay the Master. Their mission was to complete the burial procedure. They believed it to be disrespectful not to finish the work.
Matthew records a violent earthquake followed by an angel who moves the rock away from the tomb’s door. This must have caused the women fear. The angel’s first words are, “Do not be afraid.”
With the next words, “He is not here.” The women could have panicked. Their first thought could have been of someone stealing the Master’s body. But how?
The angel knows why they came to the tomb. He continues, “. . . he has risen, just as he said.” He invites them to see the place where the men had laid Jesus’ body.
Jesus Christ had shared with his disciples what would happen to Him in the future. The angel reminded the two women of this.
We have recorded information about Him telling them He wouldn’t be with them much longer. The disciples didn’t (didn’t want to?) understand.
In today’s world we know some people learn from being told about an event and its consequence. We also know others have to experience that circumstance or its outcome before they might learn a lesson. The disciples seem to belong to the group that has to suffer through the ordeal.
The key words I see in this passage remind me of Jesus’ genuineness: “. . . Just as He said.” I praise Him for that.