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Matthew 28:10 - July 15, 2010
Then Jesus said to the women, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
"Do not be afraid." If the person speaking that sentence doesn't have the ability to change the situation that causes fear, then it is a mere wish and isn't a solid source of comfort. But when Jesus speaks those words, our fears are calmed because he changes things.
The women came to Jesus' tomb with fearful hearts. They were afraid to live because, if the authorities killed Jesus, what might they do to them who were his followers? But even more, they were afraid to die. How could they face death with any kind of hope if Jesus was lying lifeless in the grave?
But Jesus was not dead and gone; he was alive and appeared to the women. And the first words he spoke—"Do not be afraid." No more did the women have to be afraid to live because Jesus proved by his resurrection from the dead that he is the Son of God. He was not overcome by the powers of worldly evil; he lives and promises to help and protect his followers against all the resistance and opposition that they face in their life as Christians.
"Do not be afraid," Jesus said to the women. The living Savior removed their fear of dying. Coming forth from the grave, Jesus proved his victory over the power of sin and the hold of death.
The same living Savior appears to you through his Word, and he says, "Do not be afraid." Because of his death for you and his resurrection from the dead, you can live in the confidence and comfort that he guards you in life and frees you from death.
Prayer: (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, 152:1,5,7)
I know that my Redeemer lives; what comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead; he lives, my ever-living Head!
He lives to silence all my fears; he lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart; he lives all blessings to impart.
He lives and grants me daily breath; he lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare; he lives to bring me safely there.
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