S (Scripture): Luke 24:5 The women [who went to Jesus’ tomb] were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the [angels] said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then the women remembered his words, 9 and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed like pure nonsense to them, and they did not believe them.
O (Observation): The women close to Jesus went to the tomb on the third day. They wanted to come back to Jesus’ body to cover it again with spices and such, but were shocked to see two men in dazzling white clothes…and no Jesus.
Jesus has been raised! They believe it, and these women come back to tell the story to the disciples. Jesus has been raised!
And how do the disciples interpret this story? As pure nonsense…
A (Application): Simply put: Our job as disciples is to tell the story.
Tell the story by…
…praying daily…worshipping our God…establishing relationships with our neighbors…serving…reading scripture daily…giving to church and other charities…
The story those women told after returning from the empty tomb was received as Pure Nonsense. Engaging in these marks of discipleship I just listed above can seem like pure nonsense. But these are ways we tell the story.
Our job is NOT to convert people, but rather…to share the story. To show others how your story and our story and God’s story intersect. Tell others about how our God wishes to receive us…how our God is a forgiving God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
P (Prayer): Lord, receive us and make us new this day. Help us to tell how our stories and your’s intersect. Amen.