St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

You Will See Him

Matthew 28:5-7—The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

Today I have one last encouragement for you from our Easter Sunday Gospel reading. Another comfort you have as children of God is that one day the angel’s message to the women will be fulfilled for you too.
He has risen from the dead…you will see him.

If you remember the Easter account, the women didn’t have to wait long to see Jesus. He appeared to them somewhere along the way from the tomb to the house where the disciples were hiding.

You, on the other hand, will have to wait a bit longer. And even though you must wait, that is part of your Easter joy—knowing that one day you will see your Savior’s face and feel his warm embrace!!! This promise of God fills the pages of Scripture.

But you know, in a way, you have already seen Jesus, and people have seen Jesus in you! It doesn’t just happen when you share your faith with someone. It also happens as you live your faith. As you live as children of God in your professions, families, and community, you let people see Jesus. As you live, work, and speak in love, charity, kindness, patience, gentleness, etc., people get a glimpse of the love of Jesus which drives you to live in that way.

In these times of fear, remember that you don’t have to fear. Jesus has destroyed the greatest fears. You also get to be like the angels—being God’s messengers of truth in this age of doubt and worry. You also have the promise given to the women that first Easter morning—you will see Jesus! But until that day, as you live as the children of God that you are, you also give people glimpses of Jesus. May these beautiful truths brighten your day, and enable you to serve with a heart filled with Jesus’ love.