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The Story of Easter

Mary Magdalene, Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased burial spices to put on Jesus’ body.  Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they came to the tomb.  On the way they were discussing who would roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb.  But when they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone – a very large one – had already been rolled aside.  So they entered the tomb, and there on the right sat a young man clothed in a white robe.  The women were startled, but the angel said, “Do not be so surprised.  You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He isn’t here!  He has been raised from the dead!  Look, this is where they laid His body.  Now go and give this message to His disciples, including Peter: Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee.  You will see Him there, just as He told you before He died!”  The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, saying nothing to anyone because they were too frightened to talk.

It was early on Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead, and the first person who saw Him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went and found the disciples, who were grieving and weeping.  But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen Him, they didn’t believe her.

Afterward He appeared to two who were walking from Jerusalem into the country, but they didn’t recognize Him at first because He had changed His appearance.  When they realized who He was, they rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them. Still later He appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together.  He rebuked them for their unbelief – their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

And then He told them,

“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.  Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved.  But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.  These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in My name, and they will speak new languages.  They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them.  They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them.”

When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.  And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked with them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.

The Gospel of Mark Chapters 14-16 (from the New Living Translation)




2 comments on “The Story of Easter

  1. Daniel Burston
    March 27, 2016

    This is indeed a beautiful story. But the lines that read: “Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.” rather spoils it for me. (Did Jesus really say this, I wonder?)

    Thankfully, we live in an age when, despite the onslaughts religious fundamentalism, on the one side, and militant atheism on the other, religious pluralism (as opposed to mere “religious tolerance”) has gained some currency in our culture, and we can rejoice in the fellowship of friends and neighbors who honor the Almighty in the idiom of their own ancestral faiths with kindness and gratitude – not condemnation.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      March 27, 2016

      Thanks, Dan. I went to the Good Friday celebration at the Duquesne Chapel, and I was struck, as I often am, by the beauty of the music, stained glass, and poetry of the Catholic religion. Although I left the Christian faith many years ago, I am still moved by the ways that spiritual experience is conveyed through art. I was glad to see the Pope quoted as saying that the Jewish people are not responsible for the death of Christ; that Jesus, Mary, and the disciples were Jewish and their religion should be honored; and that in Catholic theology Jesus chose his fate in order to experience death as a mortal. Jesus of Nazareth continues to provide for Christians and non-Christians alike an example of love, tolerance, acceptance, and kindness. It is a shame that his teachings have been used to justify hatred.


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