Focal Passages: Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20
A pastor told his congregation about a dream he had the night before. Perhaps nightmare would be a better descriptor. In his dream he could not find his Bible.
He searched his house, and it was not to be found. He was getting desperate, but then realized he had a second Bible. But efforts to find the second Bible were also futile.
Can a preacher preach without his Bible, he wondered? By now it was time to leave, so the pastor went outside to get in his car. But horrors, his car was also missing! The minutes were ticking by, the pastor was not going to make it to church, and then he woke up.
He looked at the clock beside his bed and it read 4:23. He got up and used the bathroom, and as he went back to bed he was thankful.
It was only a bad dream. He still had his Bibles and his car, and he had plenty of time to get to church. It was going to be a great day!
For Mary Magdalene, the other Mary, and the 11 disciples, it was going to be a great day.
They had been living their bad dream, their worst nightmare, but this Sunday was going to be a great day. Why? Because their fears were going to be overcome, and the One whom they thought they had lost was going to be found. In today’s text the two Marys had ventured out in the early Sunday dawn with spices in hand to “freshen up” the wrapped corpse of Jesus (cf. Luke 24:1). Instead, they were met with an earthquake, an angel and petrified soldiers. They were terrified!
Then the angel gave them the comforting words that Jesus was resurrected. In their newfound excitement they raced back home to tell the others, only to be halted by Jesus Himself. He also told them to “not be afraid.” Furthermore, “Tell the 11 to go back home to Galilee, and I will meet them there.” And He did. And they believed.