This is what God gave me today in His word:
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:1-6)
Now, being scared of an angel suddenly appearing, “like lightning,” and rolling away a massive stone, is perfectly understandable. However, the way in which the angel of the Lord reassures “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary,” is rather less readily understandable. The angel says, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” These words ought to reassure the hearts of any, whether now, in the past, or in the future, who are truly seeking Christ. The angel knew that these women were seeking Christ, and so told them that He had risen from the dead, in order to reassure them. We see that it the angel said this in order to reassure them, because of the context:
“And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women,” The statement implies the women would have ‘trembled and become like dead men’ as well, but the angel spoke to them, and so they did not.
It should be the same way with us. (Minus the getting told be the angel of the Lord bit, naturally.) Knowing that Jesus lives, and that He’s interceding on our behalf even now, should quell all fear and doubt we may have. Jesus has conquered sin and death; He’s conquered the grave! Giving us the strength to put our bodies under submission is nothing to the one who has power over death itself. Helping us when we need it is far within His capabilities; we don’t need to fear that any sin struggle in lives is somehow too powerful to be dealt with. If we ask, Jesus will give us the strength to both stop whatever it is we’re doing wrong, and to cut off access to it.
You are Loved!