“Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here. For 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…” Matthew 28:5-7
The following verses tell us that the women left with fear AND joy. Easter brings those two expressions to light for all of us.
We fear the impossible (Jesus LITERALLY raised from the dead).
We fear the improbable (not only raised, but did it in 3 days).
We fear the uncomfortable (I’ve never been around a recently dead and now alive person, but I’m sure it would make me uncomfortable).
We fear the consequence (if Jesus rose from the dead, it legitimizes everything He has ever said, which means we are sinners in need of a Savior)
We find joy in the triumph over death.
We find joy in the security of His word.
We find joy in the overwhelming feeling of hope.
What is so satisfying is that both feelings, fear and joy, are settled within the person of Jesus Christ himself. A few verses later in what we call the Great Commission, Jesus would put fear to rest by proclaiming “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…” He would then reinforce our joy, “For I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” This Easter, remember that there is no fear that cannot be overcome in Christ, and no joy that can be found apart from Him.