Stop 8 - New Life
The day after the Sabbath day, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought some sweet-smelling spices to put on Jesus’ body. Very early on that day, the first day of the week, the women were on their way to the tomb. It was soon after sunrise. They said to each other, “There is a large stone covering the entrance of the tomb. Who will move the stone for us?”
Then the women looked and saw that the stone was already moved. The stone was very large, but it was moved away from the entrance. The women entered the tomb and saw a young man wearing a white robe. He was sitting on the right side, and the women were afraid.
But the man said, “Don’t be afraid. You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, the one who was killed on a cross. He has risen from death. He is not here. Look, here is the place they laid him. Now go and tell his followers and Peter, ‘Jesus is going into Galilee. He will be there before you. You will see him there as he told you before.’”
The women were confused and shaking with fear. They left the tomb and ran away. They did not tell anyone about what happened, because they were afraid.
Mark leaves us with this breathless end to his gospel. The women arrive at the tomb and wonder where Jesus is. They encounter an angel who reminds them that Jesus told them that he would rise from the dead and that he would meet them in Galilee. The women run from the tomb afraid. We know that this is not the end of the story, because the other gospels include lots of accounts of what happens when the disciples meet the risen Jesus.
They both tell us that Jesus met with his disciples a number of times and ate with them. He was living and breathing and bore the scars in his hands, feet and sides.
Prayer as you finish
Jesus, you died, but amazingly you rose from the dead. You live and reign to bring
transformation to this broken world. I pray that I may learn more about you and be a part of your story. I thank you that the same resurrection power that brought you back to life lives in us and we will join you in eternity one day.