After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of 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.”
My thinking this morning is about what it means to take hold of the feet of Jesus.
Whatever grief they were feeling, here is Christ risen from the dead, and they grabbed his feet!
So many times in scripture the feet of Jesus being mentioned.
Here in this scripture we see
The feet of Jesus is a place of worship. Matt 28.9
The feet of Jesus is a place of listening. Luke 10.39
The feet of Jesus is a place of restoration. Luke 7.38 John 11.32
The tale of the three woman called Mary. We see these women at the feet of Jesus worshiping, listening and finding restoration.
I’m not saying all these women called Mary are the same woman in fact there could be at least six women called Mary referred to in scripture. Regardless of which Mary was which, there is a lesson to learn from of these encounters.
In all these cases and there are so many more, Jesus feet is where people find hope, healing and restoration.
- Worship. The word used here literally means to come forward and to kiss. The idea that salvation is found in worship is a key one.
Psalm 132 says let’s go to the dwelling place of God and worship at his feet.
Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Matt 28.9
One of my favourite writers wrote this
“When we pray for the Spirit’s help … we will simply fall down at the Lord’s feet in our weakness. There we will find the victory and power that comes from His love.” – Andrew Murray
Ultimately Worship gives us perspective, Because we believe that God is worthy of every praise, then we are willing to listen and to change the way we live in response to such a wonderful God. And in this place we find our restoration.
Worship is bringing heaven to earth, worship is central to the meeting place between heaven and earth.
First we seek him and we trust him and we want to please him as much as we can.
As we connect with God in worship
Worship effects our behaviour.
Worship is sacrifice, as it costs us something.
Worship to the Father is meant to be a response with all our entire being.
John 4 Jesus says those who worship the father do so in Spirit and in truth.
God the father initiates worship by revealing himself to us. Then we respond, and the response is worship.
The woman here in Matt 28 upon hearing and seeing Jesus their instant response is to fall at his feet. Seems like almost a rugby tackle as they grab onto him.
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.
The second place we see Mary at the feet of Jesus is listening to his teaching. In Hebrew the word for obeying and listening are often the same word. Listen obey is one action, to hear the teaching of Jesus and not obey, means that we were not really listening.
Being doers or the word and not just hearers. Is like looking in the mirror and walking away forgetting what you look like, it’s like saying we have faith in Christ then doubting that he loves us.
Martha working in the kitchen, complaining that Mary is sitting with the men and not helping in the kitchen, this tells us so much about Jesus and who he has in his inner circle of teaching. Traditionally the women didn’t study Torah with the teachers but learned at home. Jesus knew that women were key in his ministry and as witnesses in the church age that would follow. Witnessing to his resurrection and given the ministry of the first evangelists.
At the feet of Jesus is where we find restoration.
She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment.
When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”