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.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
One of my favorite HOLY-days is Resurrection Sunday, also known as Easter. The feels that I get in knowing that a man named Jesus went through hell and back to save my soul leaves me amazed each time, and to know without a shadow of a doubt that HE LIVES and is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for me, makes me shout HALLELUJAH! It's like shouting Happy New Year at the end of the 10-second countdown. It makes me feel new and hopeful. The resurrection of our Savior allows us to resurrect with him! Jesus defeated death, which makes me believe that there is nothing he cannot do. Numbers 23:19 reminds me that
"God is not a man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?"
His death was part of the plan. A plan that you and I have a very limited understanding of. Even the disciples did not fully grasp what Jesus meant when he said “For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.’
You see, you and I have to walk-through the valley of death, too. We are not exempt from suffering. You will be mocked and insulted and maybe spat upon. We each have a cross we must carry. For many, that cross maybe your rebellious children or your health or an unsaved spouse. But for others we live with a burden that oftentimes has not been lifted because we refuse to let go and let God. We walk around with grave clothing smelling like death, living inside of a rock that doesn't seem to be moving because like a guard we have sat on it, protecting it in hope that we can keep others out. In the meantime, we leave those closest to us to suffer helplessly without direction and much fear. My sister, that situation you are experiencing only looks dead. I am here to remind you that your third-day has arrived! It is time to rise again! It is time to step out of that tomb boldly and remind those issues that you are no longer a slave to them.
Matthew 28: 10 reminds us
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
The name Galilee comes from a Greek variation of the Hebrew name Galil, meaning to roll. Jesus desires to meet us in a place where he is free to roll out of your life those things that have kept you in the grave. Meet him in a place called Galilee and there you will find that in spite of your pain, Jesus invites you and me to a life of resurrection power. The same power that rose him from the grave lives inside of you so walk in your anointing, walk in your blessing, walk in freedom. He has Risen!
Wanda Vega Is currently serving as the Women’s Pastor at New Life Covenant Northwest Campus in Chicago, where she has been a member for over 16 years. Wanda is married to Pastor Isaac and is a proud mom of two beautiful girls Leslie (20) and Jessica (19). At the heart of her ministry and being a Radiant Woman is her passion to see others walk in freedom toward their God-given callings and gifts.