Behold I Have Told You

“Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:7 NASB)

When the angel had given the women who were looking for Jesus the message of His resurrection, he then added: “Behold, I have told you.” It was as though he was saying, “OK; now I have done my part. I have told you. I have done what I have been instructed. The rest is up to you.” That is something like OUR job too!

Just like God gave that angel a message to share, so our Lord has commissioned those of us who are His followers with a message: the message of the gospel — the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins; His resurrection; and the responsibility of people to repent and put their faith in Jesus as Savior & Lord. Our job is to share that message.  We are not responsible for how people respond to it. Jesus showed us in The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) that people would always respond to the “seed” of the messsage that is sown in several ways, ranging from utter rejection to great fruitfulness. But just like the sower, we are not responsible for the result; we are merely to be faithful to sow the seed. In fact there may even be times when, just like the angel did in Matthew 28, we say: “Behold, I have told you! I’ve done my part.” The question we should ask ourselves is, “Have I?”  Have you shared the gospel with someone you know who needs to hear it — or have you just “assumed” what their response will be?  Can you really say: “Behold, I have told you”?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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