The joy of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, is easy to understand. Songs wish that every day could be Christmas. The grief of Good Friday, is also relatable. But the joy of Easter? Resurrection is not an everyday event. Or is it?
Each Gospel as a slightly different ending for the first Easter Sunday morning encounter with the risen Jesus.
- Mark’s Gospel ends with Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome running away in terror afraid to say anything to anyone. The early Church must have found this so perplexing that two alternate endings were added.
- Matthew’s Gospel does not record anything that Mary Magdalene or “the other Mary” said and immediately shifts the scene to the mountain in Galilee where Jesus had commanded them, implying that they had told the other disciples.
- Luke’s Gospel lists a much larger crowd of women who had taken spices to prepare Jesus’ tomb, including Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. Luke merely describes the apostles thinking that their message from the risen Jesus was an idle tale, but Peter went to investigate.
- Although John’s Gospel only mentions Mary Magdalene, he gives a full dialog between her and the risen Jesus and with the disciples. John alone recognizes Mary Magdalene as the first evangelist, the one who announced to the disciples: “I have seen the Lord!”
How have you spoken about Resurrection in your life?
I will have more to say about John 20:1-18 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21st.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
Some churches have a crucifix that shows Jesus suffering on the cross. But we have an empty cross, which we will decorate with flowers this Sunday. An empty cross reminds us that Jesus is not dead, but has risen from the dead. A device that had been designed for torture and humiliation, instead, especially on this Sunday, it has become for us a symbol of hope.
No Tears Easter Egg Hunt following our 10 AM worship service.