by Christina Farris
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. The beginning of the worship of Jesus may seem like odd thing to think on, but there is also a beginning for the worship of God the Father, and it began after the time of Cain and begins with Cain brother Seth in chapter 5 of Genesis. When does the worship of God begin in the heart of the believer, when we realize he is no longer dead but alive forever more. From the craddle to the cross we see a man much like a prophet of old, not fully understanding or fully believing the reality of the Messiah truly is. If we compare Christ to all the prophets, there is not to much unusual about Christ ministry on earth. When read there is nothing unusual til up from the grave Christ arose, he no longer dead, after cruel beating that ripped his flesh, Nails as big as spikes that pierced his hands, and sword that was bigger then a little dagger pierced his side, no blood remained because it been poured out for you and me that only stream of water was the only fluid left to pour from his side. On Savior on a cross with nothing left to offer but forgiveness of sin, enough to heal the nation of the separation from God the Father. And Christ arose from the grave and in Matthew some of the disciples met him and grabbed hold of his feet in worship of him. He tells them to tell his brethern to go to Galilee and he meet with them there.
Jesus also appeared to one more a woman name Mary of Magedelene, who he had rescue from a cruel stoning, for being caught in adultery. She was with the women when he died, she was at the grave full of sorrow. Yet Christ appears to her, giving her hope as with realization of who she was talking to, she to bowed her head and grabbed his feet to worship.
Our own hearts can not worship Christ until we embrace him at his feet, and bow before him knowing he is risen, and no longer in the tomb. It easy to believe there was prophet of old, but to believe he is a Savior takes more faith. It takes more knowledge of his resurrection, that without his resurrection our sins would not be forgiven. With his resurrection came that hope of eternal life, to live with God above through faith in Christ Jesus because he is Lord. He rose and remain for a time with the believers to give hope of eternity and his mercy and grace to all that would believe. When Christ enters the heart there is that eternal hope we long for given rise to the inside of us that Jesus lives and lives with in our heart. Now some will claim great joy comes, but others what if you feel nothing changed have you not received Christ. Where does the joy and the need to worship Jesus come from, it not from feeling God gives us, but something within our emotion to worship Jesus.
Do we feel excited at football game, or even getting ice cream at the beach? Do we not feel elation at the presents under the Christmas tree or birthday celebration? Do we not feel excited when someone comes to visit us. This is emotion that is within the heart and mind of the individual. When grasp in our heart upon belief and repentance of sin, that Christ has cleansed our heart from sin, is there not a joy, that fills our soul because we have been redeemed. There joy because Christ comes and enters our hearts bring the gift of the Holy Spirit with Him. If nothing else the joy of knowing eternity not in hell but in heaven where the streets are gold, should be enough for every man, woman and child that receives Jesus. Our first experience with Christ should be joy, but sometimes it is only peace of knowing we no longer have to worry about the sin in our life, that blocks our relationship to God the Father.
Our first time of worshipping Christ is by receiving his resurrection as being real and the hope of eternal life and hope upon receiving Christ as Lord and Savior as will as for payment for our sins. It not just his cross, but it is through the cross his resurrection must come, to give and bring us hope eternal. Can we worship God knowing there is hope, can worship Jesus as His Son knowing He has provided the hope of eternal life, by the will of His Father. Can we worship God knowing he provides the gift of his Spirit to live in our hearts and to give us gifts to do his will to glorify his name, to be his dear children.
Sometimes the idea of worship is hard to grasp, to grasp his love his greater still, to understand his love seen beyond our sin against him and his Son, but seen us as people created by him in need of salvation, a need of direction, and purpose in our life. A purpose designed by him, and not by devil that only wants our destruction, because he can not have eternal hope with God.
We got the men bowing at the reality of resurrection as well as a woman. The story does not end there, but continues tell all had seen him alive forever more. Tell all disciples sat at this feet once more and heard him teach in Galilee. He was alive for ever more. The hope establsih once more with his ascension into heaven. He never had to face death again. It was done and it was over but all of us will face death until Christ returns, and those what believe will meet him in the sky, and those who do not will face the judgment of eternity.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to worship even at the feet of Christ not just at the cross, To worship him because he rose again and is the way of eternal life. Help us to bow at his feet, knowing he lives and He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Third of the countdown to Thanksgiving: Thankful for Salvation and that Christ die for my sins and rose to victory that we will share with him through eternity.
Continual Scripture Study:John 20:11-18 KJV
11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.