Matthew 28:8 NKJV So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, & Salmone had just visited the tomb of Jesus where they encountered an angel who told them that Jesus was no longer in the tomb, but that He was alive and they’d see Him back in Galilee. This verses says, “So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.” Doesn’t that sound funny? It says they had both fear and joy. How do you have fear and are happy about it?
It’s because their joy FAR outweighed any fear they were experiencing. At that moment there were any number of anxiety inducing, fearful thoughts going through their heads. Jesus is alive from the dead… what’s going to happen now? What does this mean for us? What do you suppose He looks like now? Does He look the same? How is this even possible? What are the chief priests going to do next? What about Pilate and Rome? How will they respond? Beyond that the shock of boulder moving angel had to still be in their minds. Still, they knew that the words this angel had told them were true and the joy of knowing that JESUS is alive outweighed their fear.
What if every time fear began to attack your mind, you allowed the reality of Jesus’ resurrection to consume you with all the joy that revelation brings? Jesus being alive means that we no longer need to fear death (Heb 2:15). Jesus being alive means we no longer need to fear lack. Jesus being alive means we no longer need to fear sickness, disease, depression, people, public speaking, or even being without the ability to use our cell phones (nomophobia).
The joy that comes with knowing JESUS and knowing He is alive allows you to have GREAT JOY in the midst of any trial or terror. In John 15:11 Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” His desire is that we would stay ever filled to overflowing with His Joy. And when we are… fear has no hold on us. The joy you have in you is greater than any fear. Joy is greater than fear.