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The Two Marys

07 Apr

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:5-7)

Let’s look together at what the man in the white robe had to say to Mary and Mary: he told them to ‘not be alarmed.’ Why not? ‘Because Jesus has risen. So go tell the disciples that He’s risen, and not only that, but that He’s going before them to Galilee.’ — Now isn’t that one of the most encouraging things you’ve ever read? Not only encouraging, but in there we’re also given an admonition to go tell others that Christ has risen.

Do Not Be Alarmed

“Oh, but Lord,” we may say, “I have no way of paying my bills! I’m without a job, and I can’t feed my family. Lord, you simply don’t understand my situation, if you did, you’d realize that I must be alarmed!” Yet that way of arguing as an internal flaw. You see, all of that would matter a great deal, if Christ hadn’t risen. “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here.” Yet Christ has risen! And thus nothing on Earth should cause us alarm. Why should it? After all, what’s the worst that can happen; we die? If our Earthly selves die, we go to Paradise with Christ! Christians are not to be alarmist. We shouldn’t directly put ourselves in danger, obviously, but neither should we be alarmed at anything “bad” which happens. Something, granted, far easier to say than to do. In which case, “But God gives more grace” (see: James 4:6), becomes a very important verse to us. Not only that, but the knowledge that Jesus is, “going before us,” helps considerably.

But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee.

Mary and Mary were told to go, and tell Jesus disciples, and Peter, that He is going before them to Galilee. Now, for the record, Peter is separated from the other disciples not because he wasn’t one of them, but because he needed special encouragement. They were to specifically seek out Peter and tell him the good news. But, that aside, the point is that they were told to go tell others that Jesus has risen. We are to the do the same thing! At the very least we are to live in a way different from the way World lives. Paul says it better than I do:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: (A)neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

The point being this: Christians are to not be alarmed at anything physical, and are to spread the good news, as the two Marys did.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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