Jesus rose from the dead so triumphantly. He defeated Satan on the cross of Calvary. It is so amazing to see that He met with His disciples and the women that followed Him after His resurrection. The same Jesus is ready to meet you wherever you are. The interesting part of the whole thing is the people had a hard time believing that Jesus rose from the dead. Let us talk about the group of people that Jesus met and the places where He met.
1. Jesus met the women on the way:
John 20:14-15 says, ‘ …Mary Magdalene saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
Mary Magdalene was so sorrowful when she did not find the body of Jesus. Jesus met her and showed great concern. Jesus is exactly as concerned about you as He was about Mary Magdalene. Are you shedding tears? Jesus knows how it feels when we weep. He says the same thing to you, “why are you weeping”? In other words, He says, ‘am I not there to wipe every tear in you eyes’? Why don’t you put your burden on the Lord Jesus?
Matthew 28: 9 says,’ …Jesus met them saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshipped Him’.
Jesus would say the same thing to you today, “Rejoice”. God wants His children to rejoice in Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forever’. The situations keep changing. The seasons are not the same. The Bible says, “Rejoice” and again I say “Rejoice”. From the women’s perspective that was not probably the right time to rejoice but that was when Jesus wanted them to be glad. Your saddest moment could be the time of greatest joy. Mary would not have wept if she had known that Jesus is alive.
Mark 16:10-13 says, ‘Mary Magdalene told those who had been with Jesus, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. After that He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either’.
Listen, the people did not believe that Jesus was alive. Do you believe in the risen Lord?
2. Jesus met the disciples at the house:
John 20:26 says, ‘ And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors bring shut and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Thomas said, ‘I will not believe’ (John 20:25). Jesus said in vs. 27, ‘Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’
Jesus instructed the disciples to greet whenever they enter any house (Matthew 10: 12, 13). Now Jesus entered the house of the disciple’s house. Every house needs peace. The first thing Satan wants to destroy is, peace. The first thing Jesus wants us to have is peace. Isn’t that amazing! The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom 14:17). Jesus wants to give the same peace to you. The peace that Jesus can give you is the peace that the world cannot give. Some people doubted Jesus was alive. Even today, there are skeptics who doubt the resurrection of Jesus. But we believe in the RISEN LORD.
3. Jesus met the disciples at the seashore:
John 21:12-13 says, ” Jesus said to them, ‘Come and eat breakfast.”…Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
Some people think that God meets with people only in places like churches and synagogues. This is not true. The risen savior meets with people everywhere. For instance, a seashore is a place where the air is not fresh. People are not dressed in suits. But that is no problem for our Lord. That is where Jesus met with the disciples!
Jesus not only took care of the inward need of the disciples, He took care of their hunger as well. Jesus wanted to serve then food. He wants to do exactly the same thing to you. When you and I invite Jesus into out lives, He wants to dine with us (Revelations 3:20). You are no different for Jesus than the disciples.
4. Jesus met the disciples on the mountain:
Matthew 28: 16-17 says, ‘Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted.’
Finally, Jesus gave them the authority to go into the world and preach the gospel. We call it the great commission. Jesus gave us the authority to trample over the evil one and nothing shall by any means hurt us (Matthew 17:21). Are we making us of that authority? When is the last time you took authority over the works of the enemy?
Note: John 20: 31 says, ‘ these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. Jesus met the people so that they will believe in Him. You may say, Oh! If Jesus appears to me, I would definitely believe. But you know what, we are no better than the disciples. We have heard His words. We have seen His manifestations so many times yet, when times get tougher, we become so negative and discouraged at times. Don’t we?
Let us put our faith is the Lord Jesus. Let us be bold. Because He lives we can face tomorrow. He holds our future! Victory belongs to us! Our redeemer lives forever!
Let us live with boldness that OUR SAVIOR LIVES. Amen.