“And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.” (Matthew 28:9 NASB)
What would it be like to encounter the resurrected Jesus? If you are a Christian, it is not a theoretical question; you will do it one day! What WILL it be like? How will you respond to Him? We get a clue to that here in :9 of Matthew 28, when His followers met Him after His resurrection.
It says “they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.” This is a response of humility and worship. The feet were considered in the Eastern world to be a most unclean part of a person, understandably, as most people traversed filthy streets in sandals. So “taking hold of His feet” was a mark of humility.
Not only were they humble; it says: “they worshiped Him.” Worship is the proper response to Jesus. It is what characterized the magi who first met Him as a child: Matthew 2:11 tells us that they too “fell to the ground and worshiped Him.” From one of the first encounters early in Matthew’s nativity story, to this very last chapter, the response of the faithful to Jesus is the same: Humility and worship.
This should guide us in our own response to the Lord today. We should let the disciples of Matthew 28 be our model. By faith, in your own devotional time, “take hold of His feet” in humility, and worship Him.