Mark 16:1-8: Happy Easter!!

“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, ‘Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?’ But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”’ Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

It seems entirely appropriate that, in our consecutive reading of ‘Mark’, we should come on Christmas Day to a passage about the resurrection of Christ. I remember a time, a few years ago, when Christians often displayed a sticker in their car or on a house window at Christmas time, declaring: ‘He was born to die.’ That is certainly true. But we can go further and assert that He was not, however, born to stay dead. He was born to rise…and to live forevermore in the power of ‘’an indestructible life’’ ( Hebrews 7:16b).

On Christmas Day, as we celebrate the miracle of the incarnation, it is vital to look beyond the manger to the cross and empty tomb. We have to understand why Jesus was born.

‘’…you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins’’ (Matthew 1:21b).

This is the perfect time to see the link between Christmas and Easter. May we never lose sight of it.

Also, we can take heart that, as Max Lucado says, ‘He still moves stones’’ – and ‘’very large’’ ones (4) I might add.

 The birth of the Saviour was for the removal of sin.