“Jesus met them, saying, ‘Rejoice!’” - Matthew 28:9
The two women, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, came to the tomb of Jesus early on the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion. They found the tomb was empty and an angel told them of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. But their first reaction when they heard the voice of the resurrected Jesus was fear.
They were sad, dejected and afraid because of the death of Jesus and now, He is alive, and they were afraid but also overwhelmed with great joy. Jesus met them and said, “Rejoice!” His word for you today is “Rejoice”, be happy, be joyful. He is alive today and all sufficient for your every need.
Paul, the apostle emphasises the importance of rejoicing by repeating it in saying “Rejoice” and again I say to you “Rejoice!” To rejoice means to jump for joy and spin around and that is the ability that Christians have - to be happy in the midst of sorrow.
Of course it is not always easy to be happy under all circumstances, but the word instructs us to praise God in everything, not for everything, but in every situation in life we are to give Him thanks and praise Him.
The joy that Jesus gives is supernatural and is in contrast to fear that comes when we face troubles. The devil works by bringing fear into people’s hearts because it will paralyse your faith and place you outside of God’s blessings. Whatever you fear will be drawn towards you. Job said, “The thing I feared is come upon me.”
Have a happy attitude today - don’t let your circumstances keep you down. Cast all your cares upon Jesus today and have a carefree spirit. Determine to rejoice. He is alive for evermore and will fulfil every promise according to the Word of God. You do not serve a Christ who is dead, but one who lives.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for this day. I will be glad and rejoice in it even when bad things cross my path I will choose to praise You because You will lift me above all adverse circumstances.