EASTER Hope…in a Selfish World



S (Scripture): Mark 16:5 Then as they went into the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 16:6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been raised! He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him. 16:7 But go, tell his disciples, even Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” 16:8 Then they went out and ran from the tomb, for terror and bewilderment had seized them. And they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

O (Observation):  Wild amazement!  Terror!  Fear!  No, I’m not talking about The Walking Dead : ) Well, maybe a little.  Ok, that’s a little sordid. 

Let’s start over…Jesus has been raised!  Good News, right?!?!  That doesn’t seem to be the reaction of the few who came to the empty tomb that first Resurrection morning, in this text.   Amidst the confusion, Jesus’ body has been moved…or maybe he really has been resurrected.  

And to Galilee?  That’s where Jesus  first completed his great works.  That’s good!  But that’s also where Jesus was misunderstood quite a bit. 

The followers of Jesus, gathered at that empty tomb knew of Jesus’ great power and might, but also of the wrath of those who misunderstood him. 

So, Jesus goes ahead of them to Galilee. Jesus is done trying to “splain” himself to everyone.  No one has “gotten it” yet.  So he he is off to show them what he was up to all along: destroying the power of sin and death, showing us a glimpse of the Kingdom to come. 

A (Application):  Do I really get it?  I hope so…but I sense that I still don’t fully get it.  

What does the Resurrection mean to me? If I’m honest, I’m a little shaky.   I know that in God establishing a relationship with me, I have nothing to fear.  But the flesh in me fears for my freedom, my life, my (selfish) desires.  The Resurrection means continually seeking the interest of others before my own. 

Those who went to the tomb that morning had everything to lose…but also, everything to gain.  

Leaving the worries of this world behind frees us TODAY!  The worries of this world leads to a “dog eat dog” world, full of justice by the sword (or gun).   The peace promised to us in the Resurrection, however, uses no weapon, no list of rights and wrongs…just love.  Love for God and love for neighbor. 

Where are you with all of this today?   EASTER is coming.  Are you full of hope?  Full of fear?  Either way, the Resurection is for you and for people.  If you don’t believe, the Spirit will invite you.  You have simply to accept the invitation to a love that never ends. 

P (Prayer):  Lord, we are full of hope, even in the midst of our fear and trembling. We believe; help our unbelief. Amen.  


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