“So, the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me” (Matthew 28:8-10).

The women had been at the grave only a few moments but they lived more n these that in years of quiet. Time is very elastic; and five minutes or five seconds may change a life. These few moments changed a world. Haste, winged by fear, sent them running, forgetful of conventional proprieties, toward the awakening city. Probably Mary Magdalene had left them as soon as they saw the open grave and hurried back alone to tell the tidings. And now the crowning joy and wonder comes. How simply it is told! The introductory “Greetings,” just hinting at the wonderfulness, and perhaps at the suddenness, of our Lord’s appearance, and the rest being in the quietest and fewest words possible. The joy and hope that flow from the resurrection depend on the fact of his humanity. He comes out of the grave, the same brother of our mortal flesh as before. It was no ghost whose feet they clasped, and He is not withdrawn from them by his mysterious experience. The rush to his feet and the silent clasp of adoration are eloquent of a tumult of feeling most natural. We cannot love Christ too much, nor try to get too near Him to touch Him with the hand of our faith, but there is a danger of attempting to bind ourselves to Him with only our emotions. These women were taught that it is better to proclaim Jesus’ resurrection than to lie at His feet with only our emotions. It is meant to put a message into our lips that others need. Our sight of Him gives us something to say and binds us to say it. Let us make haste to proclaim His message.

Adapted from “In His Presence”