Today’s Reading of the Story is on page 382 with the words “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene…and ends on page 384 with the word, “…seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.”
If you are reading in your bible, read Mark 16:1-3; Matthew 28:2-8; John 20:3-18
Do you suppose the narrative of Easter would have been totally different if the woman would have been able to complete the burial work on Good Friday? I wonder if they knew that Joseph and Nicodemus had already brought 75 pounds of spices on Good Friday to prepare Jesus’ body for burial. We can speculate all we want. The truth is:
Mark 16:1-2 (NIV) 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
It didn’t dawn on them that they might need help rolling away the stone from the entrance to the tomb. Grief has a way of blocking out important matters for our consideration. But what they had not considered, the LORD had already taken care of.
Matthew 28:2 (NIV) 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.
Pretty awesome. Unless you’re one of the guards.
Matthew 28:4 (NIV) 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
I guess that’s the signal that your “graveyard” shift is over! (sorry, I couldn’t help it).
Easter changed everyone’s plans. The guards stopped guarding. For the women, there was no point in preparing Jesus body for burial any more.
Easter changed their hearts. The guards were deathly afraid. The women were afraid but filled with joy. Easter increased the fears of the guards and mixed within the hearts of the women with a joy uncontainable.
Matthew 28:8 (NIV) 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Easter changed their conversations. They stopped talking of funerals and death and began to talk, with a joy unstoppable about resurrection and life from the dead.
Easter changed their hopes that day and forever. Thank God! Easter changed everything for them and US!
Thank you God our Father, for the truth that Easter has changed everything for us and for the all world, for all eternity. Fill us with the faith, joy and the hope and of Easter in Jesus’ Risen name. Amen.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen! Indeed! Alleluia!