I was reading through the text of the resurrection as found in Matthew today, when something pop out at me.
By the way, people will sometimes ask me, how do I know when God is speaking to me in scripture? How do I know what God is trying to say? What should I look for? What should I listen for?
One of the things I tell them is this. When you are reading, pay attention to what pops out at you. What word, through, concepts sticks out to you. What grabs your attention.
Focus on that. Focus on that word, phrase or concept. Listen to what God may want to say to you in that. Ponder that word, phrase, or concept. Let it roll around in your mind for a second.
Listen in that.
For me, that’s one of the ways that God speaks to me in scripture.
Today, in reading Matthew 28: 5-10 that happened to me. Listen to what happens here. See if you noticed what I noticed, or see if you notice something different:
But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
In the light of the resurrection, this is so important for to hear and to know.
We have nothing to fear.
Death – defeated.
Sin – defeated.
The chains of sin – broken.
The power of the devil – defeated.
All that we can fear has been defeated. All that could stop us is done away with. That was the message of the angels. That was the message of Jesus.
And that’s a message for us today. No matter what you are facing today, do not fear. Do not be afraid. Do not given into that fear.
Jesus Christ is alive! Sin, death, and the grave are defeated! Life has won. Faith has won.
Fear has lost.
Today, don’t be a afraid.
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