Google+ 04/01/13 Your Heart Will Hear Before You Eyes See!

Matthew 28:8-10

 

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. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid!

Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.” 

 

It is the day after the Resurrection of our Lord.  For most people, Easter is over.  The world has colored their eggs, hunted for them, dressed up in large bunny costumes, and consumed far too much chocolate in a short period of time.  For many people, the biggest challenge today is what to do with the leftover "peeps" that no one claimed!  For me, I am going to follow the two Mary's around from yesterday.  As I mentioned in my sermon, Easter is not a day, but a season.  The liturgical church created the liturgical calendar, but seems to have a large problem using it.  Ministers will struggle with what subjects they should preach to their congregations until the day of Pentecost.  Some pastors struggled with what to preach on Easter!!!  Our continuing Scripture today tells us exactly where our minds should be and what we should expect.  First of all, as we discussed yesterday, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were being obedient to the angel of God.  Even though they were still afraid of what they had heard and seen, they left the empty tomb and set off to tell the disciples.  Don't miss the simple fact that they were obeying exactly what they were told to do.  So often, we simply ignore our "angelic messages," and prefer to do our own will, instead of God's.  What happens to these wonderfully obedient ladies?  Because they do what they are told, without hesitation, Jesus makes a personal appearance, just to them!  Can you image being visited, personally, by the risen Lord?  He was standing right in front of them  The Bible says that they ran to Him, grasping His feet, and worshiping Him.  Their actions are so important.  First, they ran to Him.  This means they recognized Him as Jesus.  Often, we don't run to Jesus because we simply have never gotten to know Him well enough to recognize Him, when we meet Him on the street.  For many of us, Jesus blends in with the crowd, rather than standing out, as He should.  We must know Him well enough to recognize Him.  If you struggle with this concept, you are not alone.  In your daily prayers, ask God to help you know Jesus more intimately.  If you know who Jesus really is, you will do what the Mary's did.  When you run to Him, you won't shake His hand and say "Hi!"  You will fall at His feet and worship Him.  The fact that Christ died for us, individually, is enough to make our knees weak.  One of the lines of a popular Christian song says, "Who am I that you are thinking of me!"  Thank you Jesus for calling us friend and making personal appearances in our lives.   Finally, it is no longer the angel that is telling these wonderful ladies to not be afraid.  They are now face-to-face with Jesus and He is doing the telling.   Jesus reassures them that the angelic message was indeed from Him.  The final assurance to Mary and Mary, is that the disciples will see Him in Galilee.  All they have to do is show up!!!  Today, be obedient like the two Mary's.  Make sure that you recognize Jesus when He makes a personal appearance in your life.  If you do, your heart will hear Jesus, before your eyes see Him!