Exodus 12:28-39; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; Mark 16:9-20
As a hospital chaplain, I meet families concerned about a loved one in surgery. When a doctor tells them that the procedure went well and the patient will be fine, I occasionally witness a flurry of telephone calls. Relieved family members share the good news with others not present in the hospital, often saying: “He’s fine; it’s going to be okay!”
Jesus’ disciples had also gone through a period of anxious waiting. After the angels told Mary Magdalene that Jesus had risen, she hurried to tell others. Her message took time to sink into the hearts and minds of the first followers of Jesus but with the help of the Holy Spirit, they believed. Then they shared the good news that Jesus is fine and it is going to be okay for us, too.
Recently we heard the news of Jesus’ resurrection repeated to us. What are we going to do with that message? Just as family and friends in a hospital eagerly wait to hear good news, there are many in our world who long for a word of hope. Let us joyfully proclaim that Jesus lives, and because he lives, all who believe will be raised to new life in him.
Prayer: Almighty God, we thank and praise you for the glorious news of Jesus’ resurrection and pray that your Holy Spirit would guide us to share the good news we have heard; through Christ, our Risen Lord, we pray. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by John W. Krueger, Chaplain, Appleton Medical Center, Appleton, WI.