“I was reading in Mark’s gospel the other day,” Stan commented one morning, “and I saw something that happened when the women went to the tomb on that first Easter morning.”
“After Jesus’ death on the cross?” I asked.
“That’s it,” Stan replied. “It’s what the women were told concerning where Jesus had gone and what was going to happen. Seems like it’s the same thing for me.”
“What same thing?”
“Quick recap,” Stan replied. “Jesus had been crucified. He was taken down from the cross and laid in the tomb Friday afternoon. On Sunday morning some women bought spices and went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body, but He wasn’t there.”
“He’d been resurrected!” I said.
“That’s right,” Stan replied, “and there was someone at the tomb who told the women where Jesus went, and it’s the same thing for me if I will only listen.”
“Listen to what?”
“It’s the part where the women were told that Jesus would go to Galilee and meet the disciples there,” Stan replied. “If I will only listen, I’m told the same thing every day.”
“To go to Galilee?”
“Yes,” Stan replied. “Maybe not actually in Israel, but it’s wherever my ‘Galilee’ happens to be. I am to know that Jesus has gone before me and I am to meet Him wherever He is!”
“That sounds kind of like the part of discipleship where Jesus says to follow Him,” I said.
“I think you’re right,” Stan replied. “Follow Him wherever He leads. Go to where He is and see Him there!”
Bible verses to consider:
But go tell His disciples and Peter, “He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He said to you.” Mark 16:7.
And go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold I have told you. Matthew 28:7.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they shall see Me.” Matthew 28:10.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for giving Jesus so that all who believe can have life eternally with you when it’s time. Thank you, too, for the eternal life of knowing you and Jesus on this side of eternity in an ever-deepening relationship by being able to see Jesus wherever He may be, after having gone before me. I confess that too often I do not go to see Jesus where He is, but I go where I want to go apart from Him. Please forgive that foolishness and help me to follow every step of your lead so I go to see Jesus wherever He is. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in His precious name. Amen.
Think on this: Have you gone to the foot of the cross and accepted what Jesus accomplished so you know you will be in God’s eternal presence when it’s time? If no, why have you not accepted His free and gracious provision of that? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with going to see Jesus wherever He might be? If you sense the need for change in how you view going to where He has for you to go in order to see Him, how is that change going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?