The women ran from the tomb, badly frightened, but also filled with joy, and rushed to find the disciples to give them the angel’s message. And as they were running, suddenly Jesus was there in front of them!
“Good morning!” he said. And they fell to the ground before him, holding his feet and worshiping him.
Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be frightened! Go tell my brothers to leave at once for Galilee, to meet me there.”
By “my brothers,” Jesus meant his disciples. This showed that he had forgiven them, even after they had deserted him. Their relationship would now be even stronger than before.
He Won’t Give Up
Jesus told the women to pass a message on to the disciples—that he would meet them in Galilee, as he had previously told them (Mark 14:28). But the disciples, afraid of the religious leaders, stayed hidden behind locked doors in Jerusalem (John 20:19). The disciples had already run away from Jesus at the time of his greatest need; one of them had betrayed Jesus to his death and another had denied ever knowing him. Imagine the sorry group they must have been as they sat hidden and locked away. But Jesus did not give up on them. He met them first right in their secret room in Jerusalem (Luke 24:36) and then later in Galilee (John 21). Jesus gives second chances—and more! No matter how bad your sin, he is ready to forgive. He has great work for you to do!