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“But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”
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This world has a way of shielding us from the raw power of the announcement of the empty tomb. After all, we put Easter on our calendars along with birthdays and doctor appointments and meetings for work and soccer, volleyball and dance.
A careful look at the Easter story in the gospel of Mark reveals that nobody has ever been ready for this news! Even the first eyewitnesses ran from the news too good to be true. They ran because if that news were true, it would change everything. They fled from the empty tomb and said nothing to anyone because they were terrified and amazed.
It turns out that no one has ever been ready to hear the Easter gospel, he has been raised. Not the first eyewitnesses, and not those of us who scribble the date on our calendars next to all the other special days of the year.
Ready or not, the good news has come again and now YOU are right in the middle of it! Christ has called you into the story of salvation and you are now as much a part of it as any person in that crowd who cried out for his crucifixion. You are as much a part of it as the soldier who took his spear and pierced the Lord’s side as he hung from the cross. You are as much a part of it as the faithful women who went out to the tomb early on the first Easter morning to anoint the dead body of their Lord, in a final act of love and respect.
The announcement has come to you, Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! And your life, whether simple or sophisticated, whether happy or sad, whether rich or poor, is now involved in a story that crosses all boundaries of time and place and person. You have entered the story of God’s salvation, ready or not!f
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Was there anything new or different about your experience of Easter this year?
2. If you were able to attend the other services of holy week, how did that affect your experience of Easter Sunday?
3. Can you think of anyone for whom worship on Easter Sunday would have been a blessing if only they had attended? Remember, Luther called every Sunday a “little Easter.” It is never too late for you to invite someone to your church!
Let’s not be in a rush to get past Easter this year. Take a moment to listen again to the Easter message linked HERE to help you reflect deeply on how the hope of the resurrection impacts your life. It may even change the way you look at all those shoes piled next to the door where you enter your home!