Vs. 4, “But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.” Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus and Salome the mother of James and John ventured out the day after Sabbath to anoint Jesus’ body. All of them including the others had forgotten Jesus’ resurrection promise. To their suprise, the large stone had been rolled away from the tomb and a angelic messenger was there to greet them. As the rest of the chapter continues on with (vs. 9-20), there is a bit of mystery that surrounds this text. These veres (16-18) will need a bit of extra explanation. Baptism, is a sign of outward expression of faith…it is NOT a condition of our salvation (vs. 16). Many of these “sign gifts” align with what we read in the book of Acts (vs. 17-18)…however, we must remember that the full Bible (New Testament) as we know it was not completed. Many of the extra miracles were used to help attest to the Gospel message at this specific time. It gave them authority…but now we have the authority in the completed Bible and we do no need to perform miracles to serve the Lord now.
Regarding application. The Resurrection. Vs. 6, “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen…” Don’t ever forget the most powerful news we take away at the end of each of the Gospels. Jesus was not defeated on the cross, His resurrection testifies to us the promises and victoy we have in Jesus. It is not something we should just remember every Easter…Vs. 15, “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” As Christians we hold a precious promise and we are commanded by our Lord to not hide it! The CTC Youth experienced the love of Christ at our retreat this past weekend…it is now their turn to pay if forward and invest their lives in others!