They Thought He Was Dead

“But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7

It was Sunday morning and Jesus was dead in his grave. Or so they thought.

Jesus’ disciples possessed varying degrees of understanding concerning who their master was but as Sunday morning dawned they were all in agreement. He was gone.

Yet two were not satisfied that they had served him in death as well as he ought to be served. It’s not surprising that Mary Magdalene should desire to see her benefactor laid to rest in the best fashion they could provide, she had already sought to give him her best while he was living. So she in the company of another Mary sought him out as the sun was just beginning to rise.

It seems, somehow, profound to me that on this morning we find two women, two of Jesus disciples, seeking out their beloved teacher, whom they believe to be dead, so these they might serve him.

You and I, we believe that we have a risen, living Lord. One to whom we are greatly indebted. Yet how often is our first impulse to seek him out so that we might serve him? Not often enough. If the truth were to be told, it’s almost never that our first impulse is to serve Jesus. Far more often we’re imitating the actions of the rest of Jesus disciples on that morning. We’re holed up in some room, perhaps thinking of him, but far more often thinking of ourselves.

Friends, if two women, both of whom believe that Jesus is dead, would find it their first desire to serve Jesus, ought not we who believe, and know that he is living and soon to return, to save us from this sin ravaged planet, make it our waking desire to serve him as well?

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