In Matthew 28:6-7 we come upon the scene of the 2 Marys visiting Jesus empty tomb. After an earthquake shakes things up a bit, an angel appears and tells them:
“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
Filled with hope and joy, He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he  lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, “…they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and 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, and there they will see me.” [vs. 8-10].
What struck me about this, is that the women really had an encounter Jesus as they were going to share the good news about the resurrection.
Sometimes I think we short change ourselves thinking that in order to witness we need to have some closet experience with Jesus first–you know the shaft of light that shows up in your prayer closet with the angelic host singing ‘Hallelujah’ all around you.
Our churches wait for the Holy Spirit before stepping out in faith to share the good news. They wait…and wait…and wait…
Im not suggesting experiences with Jesus inside your prayer closet, personal devotions, and in the church service are non-existant and not important. But I think sharing the good news goes hand in hand with experiencing the good news. I think that to really encounter the risen Saviour we need to share Him with others.
So with that in mind, may you have a Happy Easter weekend, and may you be encouraged to share Jesus with those inside and outside of your community of faith. And may you encounter Jesus as you do so.