Good News

“And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?’”  Mark 16:2-3
 
Have you packed really well for a trip, but still you brought the wrong stuff? You packed for winter, but it was 87 degrees in Texas that weekend in January, a record even for them. You never touched those three sweaters that you brought. Or, you flew back from Florida in April, straight into a late Wisconsin snowstorm and you were wearing shorts and sandals. You were in the wrong place with the right stuff.

The women in our text had all the right things packed. They brought the spices to anoint Jesus. They were right there early in the morning. They even had the right question about who was going to roll away the stone. They were prepared, but not for the right day. The world had changed overnight and they found themselves in a new place.

Our world has certainly changed in these last few weeks. I expect that you had packed for a different April than the one we’ve had so far. You had plans for work and travel but those plans have been put aside. You were all ready for a different time than the one we have.
 
But the good news is that Easter is the greatest change the world has ever seen. Easter has come and brought us the change that lasts and needs repeating in our frightened world. Jesus has risen and the tomb is empty. Those plans of our past or present, the ones of fear and death, those plans have been put out of date because Easter’s truth has come again. Even this year, strange as it is, cannot cancel the truth that Jesus has risen from the dead and so death has lost. Life has come to the dead and our own tombs will stand open. We don’t need to pack for death and darkness. We are the people who have seen the empty tomb and believe the best news. He has risen. Why be packing for death? Why carry the trappings of the tomb?  The good news has come: Jesus is risen, He is risen indeed.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we have been packing and preparing for the worst news. Thank you for the best news ever:  Jesus is risen from the dead. Help us to carry that news instead of the burdens we’ve been carrying. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

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