When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Written by: Tiffany Robinson
This scene was days after Jesus was crucified in front of all the people named. These people were His friends; He lived life with them. He told them He would die on the cross to save the world and three days later rise from the grave to beat all sin and death. They actually saw, touched, and talked to Jesus, yet were still unsure if what He said was true. Immediately after they received the news that Jesus wasn’t there, they were encouraged by a young man in the tomb. He said the Jesus had gone before them to Galilee. They were not sure of much at this point, except for the truth that Jesus goes first.
Jesus goes first. It seems so simple, but there is power behind that statement. In everything we do, Jesus goes first. He went first when He died on the cross, and He goes first in our lives today. Sometimes our future feels uncertain and worry creeps in. But God is already in all of our tomorrows. He knows our purpose, and He has a plan.
Trusting in Him gives us power. It secures our identity to be based solely on Him, instead of on circumstances, people, or our own ways. He sees the big picture. He knows what’s around the corner that we cannot see. His timing is perfect even when we feel forgotten. Because of that, we can stand in the confidence that Jesus goes first.
Thought of the day: Where in your life do you need to trust that Jesus is already there?
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for going before me in all things. Thank You for being there even when I don’t ask You to. Please help me to trust You in every area of my life. Thank You for dying on the cross to conquer sin and death and give me life. Amen.