Alive! The final of fifteen words on Jesus' way to the Cross.
Our fifteenth and final Lent Reflection celebrates the declaration of the Gospel, 'He has risen!', in Mark 16:1-8.
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. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, ‘Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?’
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.
‘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. 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.”’
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
Jesus is alive!
There is not much more to say. But at the same time, there is so much to say.
Alive, against the odds (like the rolling of dice for his clothes)
Alive, in a garden, mistaken for a gardener.
Alive, in such a way that even the first witnesses are terrified into silence!
And it is this life, this resurrection life, that inspires us all, at LCM and beyond to reach out to our hurting, broken world with the promise of life in and with Christ.
Pray – This week in our Together Prayer diary we are encouraged to pray for those who in training for ministry. Ask God to give them all they need to speak of the life found in the risen Jesus to those around them!
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