21st April 2019

Worshipping the Risen Lord

“Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him.”
Matthew 28:9 (NIVUK)

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were “afraid yet filled with joy” (Matthew 28:8) when the angel told them that Christ was risen from the dead. They were invited to see the empty tomb, and instructed to go ahead to Galilee, and once there, to tell the disciples of the resurrection. Matthew alone records what happened next. On their way Jesus meets them unexpectedly as we read above, and their response is to worship the Risen Lord.

It is noteworthy that Jesus never refused any show of reverence given to him. Jesus accepts the worship. He is, after all the Son of God, “God with us”. Matthew recorded how the wise men worshipped Jesus (Matthew 2:11), how during the storm “those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’” (Matthew 14:33), and how one of the last acts of the eleven disciples was to worship him, even though some doubted (Matthew 28:17). Matthew’s thinking is clear: Jesus the King is to be worshipped.

This weekend let’s think about our response to Jesus, who died for us and was raised from the dead so that we could share eternal life with him. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:1 that we have been raised with him. How should we react? Let’s follow the example of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, and worship our Risen Lord.

Prayer
Thank you, Jesus, for sacrificing yourself for our salvation, and we rejoice that you were also resurrected for us so that we may share in your life forever.
Amen

Study by James Henderson
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James Henderson is the GCI Superintendent for Europe for Grace Communion International.

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