Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fear Not, Part 4

Mark 16:1-6  And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.  And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?  And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.  And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.  And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. 

After the unhappiest sabbath the disciples ever experienced, the news that He is Risen!  It's interesting that, although women were second class citizens in Middle Eastern society, the angel didn't tell the women to go get the men so he could make an announcement.  He told them the news for them to tell the men.  Even more interesting is that the one name that is mentioned in all four Gospel accounts is Mary Magdalene.  Not only was she considered lower because she was a woman, but even lower than a normal woman because she had been a prostitute.  It was as if all the Gospel writers wanted us to recognize that both God and the angel considered her worthy enough to receive and pass along the news of the Resurrection!  What an amazing picture of the grace of God!  No matter where you start in life, if you accept Christ's salvation, you gain equal standing with the other believers, you gain God's love, protection, grace and mercy!  Wow! That's truly a special thought.  Resurrection life lifts up not only the Savior, but the saved, as well.  Fear Not!

I had some other thoughts about the Easter season.  And this is shorter than most of my posts.  But I think this is  good to meditate further on, without distraction from other thoughts.  So, we'll leave the rest for another day.  But have a blessed Easter.  And don't forget to pray for Libby.


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