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Devotion - September 21, 2020

Matthew 28:8-10

So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’

Devotion by Anne Mooney

The events described above took place after the resurrection. Mary Magdalene and a friend had come to where Jesus had been laid after his crucifixion. They were surprised when they got there. There was an earthquake, an angel, the stone covering the tomb was rolled away, and there was no Jesus! No wonder they were both afraid and overjoyed. These events were unsettling, but news that Jesus lived was something to be happy about indeed. Then they actually ran into Jesus. It had to feel a bit surreal and amazing, even unbelievable. Jesus told the women to tell the disciples he was alive and that they should go to Galilee. Sending them to Galilee was important. Galilee was considered a gateway to the world. By first encountering the disciples in Galilee, as the resurrected Christ, Jesus is hinting that he has risen for everyone, not just the Jews. This is good news for everyone!

Prayer

Dear God, Thank for the gift of Jesus’ resurrection and its promise to the world. Amen


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