(page 16 of Standard Edition)
Proclaiming the Risen Christ
It was early Sunday morning, and the two Marys hastily made their
way to the tomb of Christ. They were not going to ask Him for any-
thing. What could a dead man possibly give them? The last time they
saw Him, His body was bloodied, bruised, and broken. The scenes of
the Cross were deeply etched in their minds. Now they were simply
doing their duty. Sorrowfully, they made their way to the tomb to
embalm His body. The gloomy shadows of despondency engulfed their
lives in the darkness of despair. The future was uncertain and offered
When they arrived at the tomb, they were startled to find it empty.
Matthew records the events of that Resurrection morning in these
words: “But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be
afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here;
for He is risen’ ” (Matt. 28:5, 6, NKJV).
The women were now overwhelmed with joy. Their dark clouds of
sadness faded into the sunlight of the dawning of Resurrection morn-
ing. Their night of sadness was over. Gladness graced their counte-
nances, and songs of rejoicing replaced their tears of lament.
Read Mark 16:1–11. What was Mary’s response when she discovered
Christ had risen from the dead?
After Mary met the resurrected Christ, she ran to tell the story. Good
news is for sharing, and she could not be silent. Christ was alive! His
tomb was empty, and the world must know it. After we, too, meet the
resurrected Christ along the highway of life, we, too, must run to tell
the story, for good news is for sharing.
How fascinating, too, that despite all the times Jesus had told them
what would happen, that He would be killed and then resurrected, the
disciples—those ones Jesus specifically chose—refused to believe
Mary’s testimony. “And when they heard that He was alive and had
been seen by her, they did not believe” (Mark 16:11, NKJV). Thus, if
even Jesus’ own disciples didn’t immediately believe, we shouldn’t be
surprised if others don’t immediately accept our words either.
When was the last time you were rebuffed in your witness? How
did you respond, and what have you learned from that experi-