I love the scene at the end of Matthew’s narrative. In particular, the scene involving the ladies at the empty tomb. Mark their response and learn from your great grandmothers in the faith: “they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.” (Matt. 28.9)
Amen. This is the right spot for the Christian, for there is no better place to be than clasping with white knuckled faith the nail pierced feet of Jesus. The word chosen here for “took hold of” is also translated arrest, seize, and retain. We are told in Hebrews 4.14 to hold fast to our confession, it is the same word. What a great picture here, clinging, arresting, holding fast to the feet of Jesus; taking a mouthful of dirt and muddying the ground with tears of joy. Yes Christian find yourself here, trusting fully in the crucified and risen Savior who has defeated death and stands risen to greet you.
The text says that they worshipped him. Yes this is the picture of worship. He is standing and they are prostrate. There is no room in their hands for religious works, idols, or any other rivals to the Savior. No, all that fills their clinging hands is Jesus.
Dwell long on this meditation friends for it is the essence of the resurrection. He is supremely powerful and so therefore awful (causing awe). All of his claims are true therefore Christians are filled with mega joy. We therefore run and cling to him in full dependence, satisfaction and worship.