Mercy Came Running

Though Christ Himself has foretold the disciples and His followers of the events which were to come, they have not acted as they knew, or they have forgotten what He said. Either way, walking in the words of our Lord can feel surreal sometimes until our faith catches up. Has the Lord ever told you yes on a difficult ask? Has God made you a promise and when it began to happen you were like, Lord, I don’t know what to do with this? Imagine you watched Jesus die and be buried. You waited the longest day ever to visit the grave. Then you take flowers as a symbol that He is dead. Understand, they did not think Jesus was going anywhere, because they brought grave flowers, in the form of spices. 

The angel invites the women to take a look-see and process the events that have unfolded. This is why the words of Jesus in John 14 are so vital. He says in John 14:26~But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (NIV) I don’t know about you, but I sure do need reminding sometimes. Something to snap me back into the moment. Matthew 28:7~And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” (ESV) That’s exactly what Jesus had told them during the Last Supper Matthew 26:32~But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee. (ESV) The distance from Jerusalem to Galilee is a distance of about 90 miles, so it will take at least three days for them to walk there. 

Imagine the mixing emotions of fear and great joy, compounded with a hurry. We saw Him there and just now He wasn’t there. Meeting the Lord again, if not for the first time, they see Him. (28:8-9) Matthew 28:10~Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” (ESV) Notice Jesus calls His eleven disciples, brothers. Yes, one did betray Him, but all the others ran away in fear when He was arrested. Pete denied Him three times, saying I don’t know Jesus. They left their former lives to follow Christ, and now in a stunning lack of faith they don’t even go to check out the grave, only the women went.

As sorry as that sounds for the eleven remaining disciples, it’s pretty great news for us, because we all at some time, fail the Lord miserably. However, Jesus still loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. If you have, in some way failed Jesus, know that He still loves you. And that all you have to do to get back on track spiritually, is pray as David did when he failed the Lord miserably. Psalm 51:1~Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love (חֶסֶד checed); according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. (ESV) No matter how you may have failed the Lord, His resurrection reveals that Jesus loves you.

Today, why not take time to worship the Lord and let Him know how truly grateful you are for His resurrection. So many worship songs are filled with the imagery of being raised to new life, of the life we are given in Jesus Christ, or the power of His presence at work in us. Let worship of the risen Lord propel you out into our world.

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