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But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid;
I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.”
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Early in the morning, as the sun was just beginning to rise, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James came to the tomb.
They weren’t there to witness a miracle.
They believed that death had won.
That this was the end.
They were there to grieve.
And then an angel showed up and told them that Jesus had risen.
They needed to go tell the others.
The ones who weren’t there.
So they went.
Running back to town… as the Gospel puts it, with fear and great joy.
This is often how Easter makes a lot of us feel.
Fearful and joyful at the same time.
Because if this is true – if the Resurrection really happened, then that might mean everything changes.
Not that life suddenly becomes shiny and perfect, but that the things that kill us don’t get to win anymore.
So then what do we do NOW?
Theologian Fredrick Buechner said that “Resurrection means the worst thing is not the last thing.”
This is what we celebrate when we find the tomb empty.
We don’t just celebrate this ONE day, this one moment,
But that when we go back to our normal lives,
The ones that are hard and filled with difficulty,
It means the worst parts of our lives are no longer the last parts.
They are not the last thing.
There is HOPE even in the worst thing.
Because He is Risen.
WE are risen.
Questions for Discussion:
1. What are some ways in which you have experienced new life?
2. What are some questions or doubts you have about the
Resurrection and what it means?
(bring them with you this Sunday for Ask the Pastors!)
Poet Mary Oliver gave her “Instructions for living a life” and said only three things –
“Pay attention. Be astonished. Go tell about it”
So this week, pay attention to the new life and resurrection happening all around you. Let it astonish you each time you see it, and then go tell about it.
Take a picture. Share it with the hashtag #POPGoTell.