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A Day of Surprises - A Life of Belief

9/10/17 A Day of Surprises - A Life of Belief - Mark 16


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What surprises you in life? A thunderclap – A bolt of lightning?  A home run in the bottom of the ninth inning? I remember the day I held my first born in my arms way back in 1983. I was overwhelmed with joy and awe!


We imagine with our mind’s eye the slow steps of the three women that Sunday morning as they made their way to the tomb of Jesus with spices for embalming. The sun was just bringing light to their surroundings as they contemplated the issue of the 2 ton stone rolled in front of the tomb. Who would move it? It is interesting to me that they were on their journey to the gravesite without a solution to this enormous problem.

Clearly the ladies were: 1) Surprised by the stone rolled away; 2) The Angelic Presence; 3) The Angel’s voice – But perhaps the greatest surprise was the announcement that Jesus had risen from the dead and that they would see him alive!

Not your everyday graveyard occurrence! God bless those dear women who were privileged to see the empty tomb and announce the resurrection of Jesus. They were the first to testify of the report of the angel. Shame on those men for not believing them! Jesus had promised them that he would rise on the third day.

Those morning ‘surprises’ would lead to transformation in the powerful presence of God’s Holy Spirit. Men and women would go on to testify of the Risen Christ which changed the world. Today we have the same challenge of whether we react in fear and unbelief or whether we respond with faith and faithfulness to the Risen Lord who saves us from the wrath to come.

The Good News of the Gospel of God’s redeeming love should not surprise us each day. It should rather give us motivation to live a life of belief reflected in our words and actions. Is that true in your life? How is your faith ‘seen’ in the way you live?


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