by: Joshua Golightly
A lot of things happened in the days that followed Jesus' resurrection from the dead. In many of the cases Jesus appeared to people and they did not recognize Him because He hid Himself.
The first contact that Jesus had with others was the day of His resurrection. Mary Madalene and Mary went to look at the tomb where Jesus was buried. Although to their surprise, and astonishment, Jesus was no longer in the tomb. An angel came to them and spoke with them about what Jesus had said while He was still on the earth.
There are two accounts in the Bible that talk about this event. One is found in Matthew 28:1-10 and the other is found in John 20:11-18.
While these two accounts speak of the event differently we can see one thing that they both have in common. Jesus appeared. He may have done it in two different ways, according to the accounts, but He appeared to Mary Magdalene and Mary.
He spoke with them and told them to go back and tell the disciples that they had seen Him. He told them to tell the good news that He was no longer dead.
Both accounts also mention angels. They speak about how the angels spoke with the women and told them not to be afraid because Jesus had risen from the dead. He is no longer dead but alive.
When Jesus made the initial contact with the women they were afraid. In Matthew's account they fell before Jesus and worshipped Him. And in John's account Mary Magdalene was standing outside the tomb alone, and crying, when Jesus came to her looking like the gardener. She was crying because she had thought that he had done something with Jesus' body.
All these things can take place when we first meet Jesus in our own lives. We can get afraid. We can bow down in worship. We can hear that still small voice speaking to us and letting us know that we should no longer look for the living among the dead. When Jesus appears in our lives He does not want us to be afraid. He wants to show us that He is alive! And then He wants us to tell others!
I remember the first time that I met the living Jesus. It was at teen camp. I did not believe in God. So when the speaker prayed for me I was very skeptical of everything, but that was when I encountered the living God. It was in a moments time that all my sins flashed before my eyes. I was afraid. I didn't know what to do. So I did the only thing that felt right. I worshipped. My life has never been the same.
Jesus told the women to go back and tell the disciples what they had just seen. They saw Jesus. They met a man who was dead and is now alive. This man appeared to them and changed their lives.
Our initial contact with Jesus, a true contact, will change our lives. It does not happen because you are reading this blog. It does not happen because you go to church on Sundays and listen to the speaker talk about Jesus. Our lives are changed when we have contact with Jesus. When we talk to Him personally through prayer. When we read our Bibles in personal devotional times.
When we do these things we receive the life that Jesus now has. He takes away the sting of sin, death, and gives us eternal life with Him. He does this through the Holy Spirit living inside us. When we have the initial contact with Jesus He will change you and give you life.
When you welcome Jesus, you welcome Life.