The Short Story that Changed the World
Read Mark 16 (including the extra bit that does not appear in all manuscripts) and then draw breath! These amazing events are all packaged up in the ultimate short story:-
Setting: An outpost of the Roman Empire 2000 years ago. A garden and a tomb. A few villages and roads in Galilee, north of Jerusalem.
Characters: Mary Magdelene, Mary the Mother of James, Salome, Lord Jesus, Young Man (probably an angel), 2 disciples walking, 9 other disciples, God.
Conflict: Followers of Jesus, confused and discouraged after His death, refusing to believe the evidence that Jesus was no longer in the tomb and had risen from the dead.
Plot: Jesus rises from the dead as promised, appears to just a few of his closest friends, gives them an awesome commission to preach to ALL CREATION and then ascends into heaven to sit at the right hand of God.
Theme: The start of Christianity; soon to be the biggest religion in the world, does not look very promising as the leader in in Heaven and there are only a few followers who might step out and proclaim the Good News of his death and resurrection. Their faith will be surely be tested in the months and years ahead. But at least they made a start: ……
Watch This Space!
Our response must be to bow our heads in shame for our lack of faith, and pray that God would energise us to be true disciples. We are part of this story!
A collect for Easter Day:
God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.