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Mark 16:1-8 The disciples have disappeared. And Jesus is no longer dead. The word from the angel in the empty tomb is: "He is risen, just like he said." Only now he wants to meet with the ones who abandoned him. But the message to them is not: "Where have you been you traitorous cowards?" It's: "I'm going before you; I want you back."
Rev. Tony Holifield
Dr. Steve Pulliam
A study of the shorter ending of the book of Mark.
We love and follow Jesus because he conquered death and rose from the grave. The uniqueness of that miracle warrants all our love and devotion in itself.
Resurrection Day - what a glorious day. Yet in addition to the assurance of life after death...since The Resurrection = Reality there are other implications as well.
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back— it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Easter can be terrifying, but it need not be paralyzing -- for in this amazing event, God gives us the courage and faith to overcome our fears.