People often asked Jesus what he was all about, and he consistently beckoned them to ‘come and see’ what kingdom life was like, and he freely extended the invitation to follow him. Now, as followers and witnesses to his resurrection, the women are told ‘go and tell’ the news. In these four words, come, see, go and tell, we find the pattern of what it means to follow Jesus. These four verbs require intentional action on our part, for following Jesus is not a spectator sport. Oswald Chamber observes “We are all capable of being spiritually lazy saints. We want to stay off the rough roads of life, and our primary objective is to secure a peaceful retreat from the world…to live a distant, withdrawn, and secluded life is diametrically opposed to spirituality as Jesus Christ taught it.” Jesus shatters any notions of retreat with the work he gives the women, “Go and Tell!” This is our work as well, witnessing is one of the essential tasks of a true disciple of Jesus.
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
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.