The angel at the empty tomb told the women that Jesus had gone on ahead, to Galilee. The disciples were to go there to meet Him. This is important for many reasons.
Naturally, we concentrate on the wonders of the risen Messiah. That is the most important part of this. However, there are a few things that we need to look at to understand what happens next.
Who was told? It wasn’t the male disciples who were given this great news. It was the women. In those days, women weren’t well respected and usually weren’t even mentioned. These women are.
What did the disciples say? Most of the disciples didn’t believe them at first. In fact, until Peter and another disciple went to the tomb to check, none of them did. Thomas, who wasn’t there when Jesus appeared among His followers, wouldn’t believe until he saw the wounds. Some of His followers got a scolding for that.
Interpreting: The first part of the interpretation is based on the title of this article. Think about the four days prior to the first Easter. They had the Last Supper. Jesus was arrested, mocked, scourged, denied by Peter, deserted by the other disciples, crucified, died and was buried. The denial and desertion would have made me angry. I’m not sure I would be willing to trust them again. Yet, that statement not only indicates forgiveness it shows trust. He still wants His disciples to be with Him.
That shows me that Jesus is the Son of God and Messiah almost as much as His death and resurrection. He loves all of His disciples, then and now. He loves us despite our actions. He forgives us over and over, even when we make the same mistake time and again. That’s not something one of us is likely to be able to do.
The second is to call us to action…the right kind of action. We all have times when we doubt ourselves and we have times when we doubt our faith. God understands that. You can tell by His actions and reactions with His disciples. They had some serious doubt going on, yet they went on to be persecuted, beaten, stoned and killed for that faith after seeing their resurrected Lord.
That’s what we have to do. We have to stand strong in our faith. We do worship a risen Lord and He will be with us always, even to the end of the age.