Matthew 28:9-10 – Suddenly Jesus met them [Mary Magdalene and the other Mary]. “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.”
Oh, can you imagine what went through the women’s minds? Prior to this, the angel had just told them that Jesus had risen from the dead and was on His way to Galilee and that they were to go tell the disciples. They started running to carry out the order, no doubt trying to process that incredible news from the angel, when Jesus Himself met them! But instead of tag teaming Him with all the questions that must have been racing through their minds, they clasped His feet and worshiped Him.
Pause right there for a second.
Their resurrected Savior greets them, and they fall at His feet and worship Him.
Right then. Right there. They didn’t look around to see who might watch them. And even more impressive to me, they allowed their task to be interrupted and their questions to go unanswered.
My worship is more in the nature of “vertical cadaver style.” Even as I focus on the church altar and watch the light of the candles, wiggling and dancing as it is coaxed by the air conditioning, I cannot say that I don’t long for that kind of free, unchoreographed movement in my personal worship. But, I’m simply not there yet. Part of that is the fear of being watched or standing out from the crowd, and part of that is me wanting to be in control.
But even in the privacy of my own home, I don’t find myself in unabandoned worship. I keep a close eye on my to-do list, not daring to drop everything and fall down to worship the King of kings.
This passage encourages me that worship can be done spur of the moment. In the midst of an important task. And even while I’m confused about what is happening.
How is that possible? Because we know who Jesus is and what He has done for us. And we can rest in that every day, even when we don’t understand our circumstances or their particular timing.
Father God, thank You for giving us Your Son. Help us to give You the unbridled worship You alone are worthy of. Amen.