Easter – No Fear:
Fear comes in all different sizes, causes us to think and act in ways that do not honor God and hurt other people, and is debilitating to our Christian life and joy. According to Mark’s account, the only mention of the eleven disciples after Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane was Peter, and he denied knowing Jesus. The only ones willing to go to the tomb were the two Mary’s and even they fled the scene unwilling to tell anyone what they had seen. All their hope had been destroyed. The resurrection buries fear. Because Christ was raised our faith is not useless and we are not dead in our sins. With this as the foundation our hope springs out and we are able to love others without fear, able to honor God by spreading the gospel (which has the resurrection of Christ at its center), and enter into the joy that is the new life in Christ.
by Jeff Wagner
Text: Mark 16
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-28/50-58