April 22, 2018

Freedom to Go and Tell

Matthew 28:1-10

Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell. . . .”

—  Matthew 28:10

Returning again to the story of Jesus’ resurrection, we can see not only that both the angel at the tomb and Jesus on the road said to the women, “Do not be afraid”; they also said, “Go and tell. . . .”

Jesus’ death and resurrection take his followers beyond their expectations. Christ’s sacrifice for human sin and his victory over death give his followers not only freedom from fear but also freedom to tell others—so that they can share the good news about Jesus among themselves and then spread it to the ends of the earth (see Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).

All who hear this good news and trust that Jesus is Lord and Savior can enjoy eternal life in God’s presence forever. This stunning reality in Christ brings us into a full and complete relationship with God. The finished work of Jesus frees us for a new life both in heaven and on earth to live fully with purpose and power in the love and righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ. What amazing grace!

Today may God release your fears, freeing you to share fully in his love and to share with others around you the good-news story of Jesus’ salvation for all who hear and believe. Even more, you can tell people about the resurrection power of Christ at work in your own life!

Dear Jesus, through your resurrection you have given us the freedom to live fully in relationship with you. Release any fears that may hinder us from doing so, and reveal your full purpose and power in us. In your name, Amen.

About the author — Laurie Zuverink

Laurie Zuverink is an ordained pastor who has served in several capacities of ministry in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. Her work ties into the lives of young people, and her passion is to empower and equip the next generation of servant leaders. Pastor Laurie and her husband, Mark, have three children—one in grad school, one in college, and one in high school. Pastor Laurie enjoys deep conversations, bike rides, exploring the shores of the Great Lakes, and watching well-played soccer.

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