What Jesus Did! 'Worship Him in Courageous Witness!' — Matthew 28:9-10

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

While the women were running to tell the followers, Jesus was standing there before them. Jesus said, "Hello!" The women went to Jesus. They held him at his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to the women, "Don't be afraid. Go and tell my brothers (followers) to go to Galilee. They will see me there."
— Matthew 28:9-10 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 28:9-10 NLT — "Hello!"   ——   "Don't be afraid. Go and tell my brothers (followers) to go to Galilee. They will see me there."

Key Thought

Sometimes we think the best form of worship is what we sing and pray in church, on a spiritual retreat, or during a quiet time. But as we have seen the angel say, and now we hear Jesus say, sometimes the best form of worship is to ...
    — not be afraid
    — go tell his followers
Don't get locked in to only church building worship — that horrible fear that you can't worship Jesus outside of church and church stuff. The very fact that Jesus is raised means that he walks among us and hears our words and our praise and our thanks and our hurts. Where we gather in his name to honor him, he is present with us. So worship by being courageous and telling his disciples that he really lives and is present and is going ahead of us into the fields to which he sends us.
We should worship him in courageous witness!

Today's Prayer

O Master and Sovereign Lord, I want to worship you in word and deed. I want others to know of your saving grace and your power over death through the resurrection. Please give me boldness to tell of your grace and the conviction that those without it are lost to your salvation. In Jesus' name, the name above all names, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 18:20
  • Hebrews 13:15-16
  • Matthew 28:18-20


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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