Sunday, April 8, 2012

Journey to the Cross - EASTER SUNDAY!

Easter Sunday - April 8
Mark 16:1-8   He Lives!
"They looked up, saw that the stone had been rolled back...and walked right in.  They saw a young man sitting on the right, dressed all in white.  They were completely taken aback, astonished.  He said, 'Don't be afraid...'He's been raised up; he's here no longer. ...  They got out as fast as they could, beside themselves, their heads swimming.  Stunned, they said nothing to anyone."
    In all four gospels, the women find the empty tomb.  The disciples have fear, in disappointment, in grief.  But the women go to finish preparing Jesus' body with spices.  Their hearts are empty, a black void from the events of the past few days.   Imagine their shock and disbelief to find the stone rolled back and an empty tomb!  Is our shock any less?  Where was Christ?
     Prior to the resurrection, our lives were empty as well, but we can now, with loud "Hallelujahs" proclaim "He Lives!"  Where?  In you and in me.  In everyone who believes and follows!
     Such news was beyond the understanding of the women.  In Mark's account, they tell no one.  In other gospels, they either saw the risen Lord or told the disciples.  Have we kept the news of the Resurrection quiet?  Or are we shouting and rejoicing, "Jesus is Alive!"  He is alive in us!  Alleluia!  Amen!

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