9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
The risen Christ appeared to the two women who met the angel at the tomb.
And as they went to tell His disciples,
The two Marys were on their way to tell the disciples about the resurrected Christ.
“Behold” indicates the climatic appearance of Jesus to the two women who carried the message of Jesus’ resurrection. Little did they know that they would encounter the resurrected Savior Himself before they were able to communicate their message.
Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!”
Jesus’ command to “rejoice” has to do with the idea that He rose from the dead. Their sorrow turned to joy (Jn 16:20). Jesus made good on His Word.
So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.
The women immediately recognized the risen Lord and fell down to worship Him in adoration.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
The unusual and sudden experience of coming face-to-face with a resurrected person infused fear in the women but Jesus allayed that fear.
Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
Jesus told the women to continue on the mission that the angel gave them to tell the disciples of His resurrection. Jesus asked the women to set up a meeting with Him in person in Galilee. At that meeting His disciples would receive a great commission charge from Jesus.
The proper response to meeting the risen Christ is worship.
When we come face-to-face with the reality of the risen Christ, it will radically change our orientation to Him.