Tell Me Again!
One thing I’ve learned in teaching is that you have to repeat yourself. Now through the years I have had some students and some friends who you can tell one time and three years later they will remember the date of the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians or the fact that they are supposed to meet you at Chili’s at 11:30 in Cedar Hill, but most need to be reminded. Matthew knew the importance of giving reminders. In fact the first thing the resurrected Jesus did in Matthew’s succinct account is to make sure that the women got the message from the angel sitting on top of His tombstone.
“So they (the women) left the tomb quickly with fear but also with great joy. They ran to tell His disciples. Then notice this, Jesus met them Himself and said, ‘Greetings!’ They approached, took hold of His feet and worshipped Him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Stop being afraid! Go! Tell my brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see Me.’” - Matthew 28:8-10
Jesus calmed the women’s fears and made sure they got the message right. The resurrected Christ knew the importance of repeating instructions, and we need to repeat the most important message Mary Magdalene and the other Mary received. Jesus is definitely alive. They were even able to grab those feet—feet that will never decay.
LORD, thank you that you respected and cared for these women so much that you calmed their fears by appearing to them. Thank you that though your male disciples had abandoned You, You did not reject them. Help me to remember the power of repetition. Help me to never tire of repeating the fact that You rose from the dead. Today help me to bow at your feet and worship.
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