Where Do You Start?

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But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you. And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” Mark 16:7-8

Where do you start? When you have an amazing story to tell, where do you start? Do you go all the way back to the beginning, even though nothing exciting happened back there? Or do you start with the punch line, the happy news? When you’re going to tell someone that you’re engaged to be married, do you just say it, “I’m engaged!” Or, do you hide the ring and draw out the story for a good ten minutes?

The women in our text didn’t know quite what to do. They had the best news ever—Jesus was alive, risen from the dead. But how do you tell people that the impossible has happened? How do you tell them that what Jesus predicted actually has happened? How do you reassure Peter that even after the denials, Jesus wanted him to know that he had risen?

Where do you start with news like that? Maybe we are all wondering the same thing this week. We can go right to the news itself. “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.” That says it and for those who know the message, that’s enough. It’s a celebration needed in this uncertain time.

But we might also start slow, telling the story from the beginning. Maybe in this week, people are seeking a teacher, a caring counselor, and one who assures them that they don’t need to be afraid. We can tell them that we know a Father who knows already what we need and provides it for us. And, then, best news of all, the Father’s Son was dead but now he is alive and death has lost its power. Tell the frightened that the comforter has more than words of understanding and empathy. He has snapped death in two, stepped out of his tomb and he waits to lift us out of our graves. No matter where we start, it’s all the best news.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, thank you that you know our needs and have promised to provide what we lack. But especially thank you that you have given us the best news. Jesus lives and death is broken for all time. Help us to give this news to a world that certainly needs it. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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