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Fear

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.  As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. (Mark 16:1-8, NRSV)

I always loved this ending to Mark. Scholars believe that the Gospel of Mark originally ended here with verse 16:8. But people didn’t like the fact that the gospel ended with the women fleeing from the tomb and not telling anyone what they had seen. But here is what they missed.

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And the end where the women flee in terror is not the end, but the end of the writing. You see as long as we believe the story, it is still being written. The gospel has not ended, the good news is still being told.

We are all gripped by fear, but Jesus is still living and active in our world, and we can keep writing the Gospel and sharing the story.

So don’t let fear seize you in terror, but go and shout it from the mountaintops that Jesus Christ is Alive and working in your life, and show His love, grace, and mercy in all that you do!

 

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Not a story

170228For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (2 Peter 1:16-21, NRSV)

Peter is telling those who are listening, this is not a story. This isn’t something we heard and are telling you. It isn’t mere gossip.

We saw all of this with our own eyes! It is true! All of it.

That is the message we share. The message of one who shines brighter than the sun and lights our world!

Are you ready to be cross-eyed and focused on the one who can save the world!

 

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hearing

160706For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:13-17, NRSV)

How can we hear if no one proclaims?

And that is where we come in…

You see we have heard the story, and so we need to go and share the story. Jesus sent us, “Go therefore into all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them everything I taught you…”

So you were sent to teach and preach about everything you have learned and heard about Jesus, so that those who have never heard can hear! So when they hear they can call on His name and receive His grace!

So go and tell the story so that all may hear about Jesus’ wondrous love!

 

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Hebrew story our story

So Agrippa said to Paul, You have permission to speak for yourself. Then Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense: “I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews, especially because you are familiar with all the customs and controversies of the Jews. Therefore I beg you to listen to me patiently. “My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and in Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee. And now I stand here on trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly worship night and day. And for this hope I am accused by Jews, O king! Why is it thought incredible by any of you that God raises the dead? “I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And I did so in Jerusalem. I not only locked up many of the saints in prison after receiving authority from the chief priests, but when they were put to death I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities. (Acts 26:1-11 ESV)

Here is Paul giving a defense of himself to Agrippa. He does not talk about who is now only. He starts with who he was, being out on trial by the Jews he has a place he came from that they know about. He was a Pharisee of Pharisees. Paul was a persecutor of the way and followers of Christ. But instead of speaking about himself in Christ alone, he links his past to his present and future. We are all called and a part of the whole story. How does Abraham feed your life?

We are all a part of the whole story. How do you fit in?

 

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12 years…

There is a lot going on today in the Gospel lessons for the fifth of Pentecost.

We have Jesus and the disciples crossing over the sea again! And they meet the leader of the temple in the place they have landed. A Jew of high standing who is in charge of the Temple. He says that his daughter is dying. As Jesus the the disciples follow this man to his house, a large crowd gathers around and everyone is pressing in on Jesus and the group. Then a woman comes and touches the hem of his robe. And in one of the funnier moments in the gospels, Jesus says, “Who touched me.” And the recorded answer is not the smart answer I would have given if I had been a disciple. “Who didn’t touch you! If you didn’t notice Jesus we are just a little crowded here…” But Jesus knew. And so did the woman. Then she confesses, because she knows if she is found out even though she has been healed after suffering for 12 years that she will be stoned or punished in some fashion, because she is a woman in the square without a man, and moving in amoungest the gathering of the ruler of the Temple. Bad news for her, but Jesus says “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Your faith has made you well and be healed. These are 2 different things. Be made well and be healed, or be saved. They are different things indeed!

Then Jesus makes it the house of the ruler of the Temple and those gather say it is too late, the daughter is dead. Jesus says she is sleeping and goes in with the 3 and the mother and father and wakes her up. And it says in the text she was 12 years old. I always found this an odd sentence to include. But a friend of mine pointed out that the woman suffered with the disease for 12 years, and the little girl is 12 years old, there are 12 tribes and 12 disciples… What is the number play going on here?

12 years is important in the text. These stories are meant to lead us to or point us to the messiah to Jesus and the wonderful things He did, and will do for us! You see these stories are our stories. the Bible is your story and my story. It helps us understand who God is in this world that sometimes doesn’t want to know him, but we have a story to share, so go and share it!

 

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Pentecost video

 

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