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In Matthew 28:8, we read,

"So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy."

Fear and joy do not always go together. And many translations emphasize the difference with something like “They departed with great joy, even though they were afraid.” However, this differentiation does not reflect the wording of this passage in the original language of  The New Testament. In this verse it simply lays them out together. And when we come into the presence of the Son of God, fear and great joy can become corresponding emotions. 

I am reminded of the woman who was healed of her issue of blood as she snuck up behind Jesus and touched the hem of His robe. When Jesus looked around asking, "Who touched me", she knew she was discovered. And she came forward with "fear and trembling." I also think of the disciples being terrified because Jesus calmed the storm on the sea.

One thing joy and fear have in common is their intensity of emotion. There is nothing casual about drawing near the Creator of the universe.



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