The Resurrection: Dec. 23
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Matthew 28:1-10
Jesus met them. Here is the hope of every Christian. To meet with Jesus face to face.
The Crucified One now risen. The One who died in weakness now alive with supernatural, invulnerable power. Jesus met them, and one day we will meet Him as well. One day, He will meet us in the clouds as He takes us home. We will see the scars on His hands and the power in His eyes, the glory brighter than the sun will shine from His face. We will see the One we have adored and remembered Christmas after Christmas, Easter after Easter, and day after day. We will see the One who has loved us with an undying love and who has carried us through every valley and spoken His comfort to us in every trial. We will see our Shepherd who has always led to us green pasture and our Master who has called us to follow Him. We will see our King, receiving the worship of the nations in the adoration of His people. We will see our Lamb standing as a Lion in complete victory and angelic acclaim. He will meet us, and we will live in the glory of His presence forever. The Divine Man, the Mediator, the Lion Lamb, the Shepherd King—by faith and with joy let us meet Him now as we wait to meet Him when He returns.
O come, let us adore him.