Come and see, go and tell

April 30th, 2014

I was reading about the resurrection story over Easter and I was meditating on Matthew 28:1-7. This is where the two Mary’s go the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with spices. Here is the text…

Matthew 28:1-7  After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  2  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  3  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  4  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.  5  The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  6  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  7  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

What they saw was not what they expected! An Angel who looked like lightening with white as wool clothing sitting on the huge stone that had been rolled away from the front of the tomb.

After the Angel had calmed them down! He told them to come and see for themselves the place where Jesus’ body has been laid. He was not there as He had been risen to life.

The things that jumped out at me in this reading was that the Angel invited them to come and see. See the truth of the resurrection for themselves. Look where Jesus laid.

I guess in many ways this is what it is like for us too. God invites us to come and see for ourselves. He wants us to see His love, His holiness, His mercy, His salvation. He wants us to taste and see that He is good (Psalm 34:8).

When we taste and see and come to find that God is good. Our lives are changed forever. We have a new hope, a new love, a new acceptance, experience forgiveness, and have a new direction and meaning.

We also find that we have a new mission. This is where the go and tell fits in. The Angel told the Mary’s to go and tell the disciples that Jesus was risen. Like the two Mary’s we have the same task too.

We have to go and tell, or go and make disciples as Jesus put it in Matthew 28:18-20. We have experienced God’s love and mercy, we have experienced His forgiveness and acceptance and we want others to find it too.

I love this idea of “come and see, go and tell”. It is really about inviting people to experience Christ for themselves. Then once they do, they can invite others too. It really is an ongoing cycle of come and see, go and tell.

Today I would encourage you to come and see Christ afresh for yourself. Then make sure you go and tell others about Him too.

God Bless,
Dave

 

 
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