“And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them saying “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshipped Him.” Matthew 28:9
What an amazing moment this must have been. These women, who moments ago were expecting to see the body of a dead Jesus, are now confronted with the living Christ. Surely there must have been an explosion of emotions that surged within them as their eyes beheld the One they loved. One they thought they would not see again. In a moment, all their sorrow turned to joy. I hardly think Jesus’ encouragement to rejoice was necessary. What else could they have done?
But in this word, I see Jesus inviting them to join Him in rejoicing in an event that they could not even fully comprehend at the time. All they knew was that the One they loved was alive from the dead. In this they rejoiced. But Jesus knew that He had just defeated death, hell and the grave. The power of sin had been broken and the enemy of our souls had been conquered. Mercy and grace had prevailed.
This is no mere exhortation to joy. This is the triumphant cry of a victor.
So let us rejoice in His victory. Today and everyday.