“You do not have to cling to me,” Jesus said, “because I am not going to my Father yet. But go to my brothers and tell them I will soon ascend to my father and your Father, to my God and your God” (John 20:17 Eyewitness).
Eyewitness: pp. 253-2567.
In Your Bible: Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:7 and Luke 24:27.
As the Sabbath ended, three women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome) brought sweet-smelling spices to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body.
Three Women Find the Tomb Empty
An angel gave these three women instructions: He said, “Go, tell his disciples including Peter that he will go before you, and you will see him in Galilee as he said you would” (Mark 16:7 Eyewitness).* The women left with fear and amazement at seeing the empty tomb, an angel and an assignment for them.
The women ran from the tomb.Then, Jesus met and greeted them. They fell at his feet reached out, and worshipped him. “Do not be afraid,” Jesus said, “tell my brothers to go to Galilee where they will see me” (Matthew 28:9,10). The women who were first to see Jesus told the disciples, but they didn’t believe the message.
Disciples on the Way to Emmaus
Later the same day, Jesus walked with two disciples on the way to Emmaus. They didn’t recognize him. They told Jesus about the women going to the tomb, but none of the disciples found Jesus. In fact, no one believed the women’s report of seeing the Master.
Jesus was patient as he walked and talked with these two. Then, Beginning with Moses and all the prophets Jesus took them through the Scriptures and explained everything concerning himself (Luke 24:27). Finally they recognized Jesus as he broke bread to eat.
Application: What amazing encounters these believers had with Jesus. Emotions, especially excitement and joy accompany any new believer as they meet Jesus face to face.
Prayer: Father, thank you for this record of Jesus nurturing his followers. Help prepare me to tell the world about Jesus the Christ.
Question: How do you think you would respond if someone told you “he’d seen the risen Savior.” Does it seem strange to you that the women closest to Jesus would be given the privilege to hear, speak to and receive instructions?
* The Daily Study Bible Series, The Gospel of Mark, Revised Edition, William Barclay, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, p. 369.