April 16: He is Risen (Mark 16:1-8)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
NO adult education or children's Sunday school at 10 am this Sunday. Instead, a fellowship brunch will begin at 10 am in the lobby.
1) When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2) And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3) And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4) And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5) And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6) And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7) 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.” 8) 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.
Easter is a celebration of eternal proportions. For the Christian, Easter is the greatest of days. It is not simply part of the gospel but is the pinnacle of his ministry, confirming and validating the balance of his words and deeds. Without the resurrection, life is ultimately meaningless. Yet in light of the resurrection, life has new meaning, new power and new joy. When God raised Jesus from the dead, he put death to death, he confirmed forgiveness as real, and he started a new age that we will enjoy forever. Consider how Jesus is now raised to life and seated at God's right hand.
Review and Apply
What is the significance of these witnesses being women?
How does the resurrection challenge the modern perspective of death?
Why was the resurrection such a surprise even though Jesus promised it three times?
How does the resurrection re-orient you in this life? In suffering or in success?
How does the resurrection bid us to die to ourselves in service to others?
How can you keep the reality of the resurrection present in your life throughout the year?
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