Scripture — Mark 16:1-8
“And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)
Sometimes we might wonder if the Resurrection Story could have gone differently. Maybe something like this: “He has risen, and—look—here He is!” And then there could have been cries of amazement, hugs, tears of joy, and dancing. What a great time that could have been!
But instead, the announcement was “He is not here… he goeth before you into Galilee.”
What? He’s not here?
There is no invitation to stay at the tomb. The invitation is to go and follow where Jesus is leading.
So, let’s not make a shrine of the tomb; or turn the stone into a potential object of adoration. This is not where we need to stay. We need to be following the risen Lord.
As Mark’s gospel comes quickly to a close, we are directed away from the tomb to realize that the story has not ended. Instead, the story continues in the lives of everyone who follows Jesus. It is as if the Resurrection opens a doorway to an entirely new life that is yet to unfold for Jesus’ followers—including you and me.
Today, because Jesus has risen, your life can take a new course and have a new purpose.
Prayer: Jesus, I can often feel like I simply want to stay where I am in life or else go my own way. Help me to live a new life, following Your leadership and guidance. Amen.