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Jesus -- the Messiah #33

Read Mark 16:1-8.


The Resurrection

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, 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, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ”

8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.




Notes:


vv. 1-3 – The Jewish custom was to roll a huge stone in front of the cave where the body is kept so that no one can steal or disturb it. The women knew that the tomb had been sealed in this way, but they wanted to at least try to perform the ritual anointing of the dead body. They couldn’t do it before Jesus’ burial because of the Sabbath rule to do no work after sundown on Friday evening.



vv. 4-8 – The women were confronted by an open tomb and by “a young man dressed in
a white robe.” (v. 5)   It was an angel.  The angel announced that Jesus had risen from the dead, was alive again, and was waiting for them back in Galilee.




We have many more details about this Resurrection Day in the other gospel accounts of Jesus’ life.  It is clear even here, though, that Jesus’ death was not a defeat or a tragedy.  It was the end of His struggle for righteousness.  It was a shout of victory, the eternal victory of God’s unfailing love, the victory over the forces of Satan and evil for all time.  

Do you think God really loves that much, that He would win the victory on our behalf as a gift?

Jesus even now is alive and with those who carry forward His victory in their struggle of love for righteousness.


I would love to hear what you think of this email,


Abraham


 


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