1 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.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
He is risen Indeed! I want to hone in on that last verse. The women hurried away from the tomb to tell the disciples Christ was risen! The first thing they thought of doing was to hurry away and tell others about the good news!
However, Scripture doesn’t fail to tell us they were filled with JOY yet still afraid! Aren’t we often here? We are excited about Christ but fear stifles our desire to tell others. Well, the only thing to do is just do it. The response by these women is correct. You cannot let fear stop you from expressing your joy. We need to boldly proclaim the news of Christ! Call upon Him to help you and step out to tell others about Him!
This is the only admonition needed here. Your God defeated death, endured the cross, and experienced great anguish through it. Because of what He did, you are commissioned to go! Cast off fear, and tell the news.