A Great Year for an Easter
Mark 16:1-7 MSG
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him.
2 Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb.
3 They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?”
4 Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back—it was a huge stone—and walked right in.
5 They saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished.
6 He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty.
7 Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”
It’s a great year for a resurrection because…
I. It highlights the importance of social justice.
Social justice is the protection of the weak from the abuses of the strong.
Mark 15:40 MSG – There were women watching from a distance, among them Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and Joses, and Salome.
Mark 15:47 MSG – Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Joses, watched the burial.
Galatians 3:25-29 MSG – 25 But now you have arrived at your destination: 26 By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. 27 Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise. 28 In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. 29 Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.
We ordain women because we baptize girls.
II. No matter how dark or painful or hopeless life seems, God is never finished, never through and never done.
God always has something else, something good, and something imaginable.
2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV – Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16 NLT – That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJ – Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16 MSG – So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.
III. Never park your emotions at a tragic event.
Philippians 3:13-14 NKJ – 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 43:18-19 MSG – 18 “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. 19 Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.
Forget the former and focus on the future.