Afraid Yet Filled with Joy
Read: Exodus 37:1-38:31, Matthew 28:1-20, Psalm 34:11-22 & Proverbs 9:9-10
Have you ever been promised something, but worried that it might not happen? At some point, we’ve all been disappointed by circumstances or people in our lives.
Disappointment can come from something as simple as someone forgetting an appointment, or something that affects the rest of your life, like being abandoned at the altar on your wedding day or not getting the job you were promised.
In Matthew 28, Mary Magdalene and the "other" Mary find themselves worrying about such a promise. They had known Jesus. Mary Magdalene had been defended by him, loved by him and set free from a life of bondage. They both hung their lives and futures on Jesus’s words and promises to them. His life was their hope. And then He was crucified.
I am sure Mary Magdalene struggled with doubt after Jesus’s death. Most likely, she knew few men before Jesus who were trustworthy.
Can you imagine how she felt when the angel told her Jesus had risen? After a life of hurt, doubt, rejection and pain, her Savior is real and alive! His promise is more than true, and she hurries "afraid, yet filled with joy" to tell the others. Jesus appears to them and everything He told them unfolds before their eyes. They see, touch and hear a resurrected Savior.
There will be times when we are disappointed and have doubts. There may be times when a promise not kept will be devastating. But God’s promises are real and true. We can depend on it. He does not change and will be with us always. It’s a promise.