Lectionary 24th April 2019

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The disciples could not believe the resurrection. They thought the women with them were having hysterics. It could not be true. Christ had been executed, and was dead: the Romans were fairly efficient at ensuring those sentenced to death did die.

The women had arrived as soon as they could work after the Sabbath — at early Dawn — to wash and properly prepare the body for the grave. There was no expectation of a resurrection. However, there were three women, and they were respected, so Peter ran to the tomb. He wanted to see if the one he denied had returned.

24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has [a]risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. 11 But these words appeared [b]to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings [c]only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12, NASB
@thiagosilverio, Gab.

The Grace of God is sufficient for our needs. We need no other. We need but him. It is not about our circumstances, for we can fail, we can fall, and if we do not, those around us can abandon us. Let us not be distracted by the noise out there: the fears, the tumult. Most journalism now is a vector to get you to pay attention to the encapsulated marketing…

Look instead at Christ. He is not among the dead. He is living. Let us live not for this world, but for him.