NOTE: Galen is out of the office until 6/28 so we’re featuring DayBreaks from the past.
Mt. 28:9-10 – And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”
Today’s text describes Jesus meeting Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” in garden after his resurrection. How I would have loved to be there to witness the scene, to see the tenderness and joy of the dawning realization that Jesus was no longer dead, but alive!
Jesus was in the city (or just outside of it), and the “my brothers” (the apostles-to-be) were in hiding somewhere in the city. They were terrified for their own skin ever since the crucifixion. Jesus was eager to meet with them, to let them see him – alive-forever-more, vibrant with eternal life. So why not just go into Jerusalem and meet them right then?
Certainly it wasn’t because Jesus was afraid of running into the Romans or the priests and religious leaders who had crucified him. Jesus wasn’t afraid of them to start with, and now, risen in glory and imbued with all power from the Father, he certainly had nothing to fear from anyone or anything.
So, why the instruction to go to Galilee? It was a long, perilous journey on foot or donkey. Perhaps it’s because if we want to see Jesus, we need to make some effort. We need to go where He can be found rather than waiting for Him to come to us.
Does Jesus come to us? Yes. Must we come to Him? Yes. We usually want to meet Jesus on our terms, on ground of our choosing, at times of our choosing. However, Jesus, not us, is LORD. He is the one who chooses the times and seasons no matter how much we might want to think otherwise.
Are you ready to follow his instructions, even when it seems there is a simpler, easier way? It could be that he is just wanting you to know whether you are truly a follower, one who will go great distances, to be with Him.
PRAYER: Jesus, I know that many times I want you to come to me on my terms, in my timing. I want the simplest way possible, I want to resist the long, arduous and dangerous journey and I’d rather sit in my recliner and wait for you to come to me. Re-mold my heart to undertake any journey you lay in front of me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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