Matthew 27:57-61; 28:1-10, 16-20; The Desire of Ages, pp. 769-794, 818-828
We serve God when we tell others that Jesus is risen.
“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation’ ” (Mark 16:15).
Have you ever had some good news you wanted to share? Maybe you just couldn’t wait to tell someone! Mary Magdalene was among the first to know that Jesus had been resurrected. And she couldn’t wait to tell the world!
It was Sunday morning after the most difficult Sabbath of Jesus’ disciples’ lives. Jesus had died just a few hours before sundown on Friday.
His sad, troubled followers had buried Him quickly in a tomb that belonged to Joseph of Arimathea. Then they had hurried home to observe the Sabbath.
The women who had been at the cross wanted to serve Jesus by caring for His body. They had followed and watched as He was laid in the tomb. They saw the heavy stone rolled across the opening to seal it. They, too, had rested on the Sabbath. But at daylight on Sunday morning they hurried to the grave. The burial spices they carried were to anoint His body.
Who is going to roll away that heavy stone for us? they wondered as they neared the tomb. They didn’t know that an angel had already been to the tomb. With a mighty earthquake he had rolled away the stone. And he had called Jesus to life in the name of the Father.
The women trembled at the sight of the open tomb. Bravely they looked inside. An angel, shining with the glory of heaven, spoke to them. “Don’t be afraid,” said the angel. “I know that you are looking for Jesus, but He is not here. He has risen from the dead, just as He said He would. Go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘Jesus is on His way to Galilee, and you will see Him there.’ ”
Can you imagine the shock? After all that had happened the past few days, the women probably didn’t know what to think. The Bible says that with fear and great joy they ran to tell the others.
Can you imagine them dropping their spices? Can you see them running back to town as fast as they could go? Do you think they were full of energy? Of course they were! Do you think they were enthusiastic? Without a doubt! Nothing could stop them! They had to share the good news! Jesus had risen from the dead!
We have the honor of sharing that same message with the world today. Before He left earth to return to heaven, Jesus spoke to His followers. “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” He said.
Are you ready to tell the world the good news about Jesus?