I love the abruptness of the Gospel of Mark. No long introduction.No birth narratives. But straight to the action. The story is told with a sense of urgency, a sense of purpose.
Although, it is generally agreed, the end was tidied up, the original ending to the gospel, at verse 8, is in keeping with the starkness of the rest of the gospel. No fripperies, just plain telling.
Mark leaves us with the women being terrified and amazed, too frightened even to tell their story. A cliff hanger – or an anti-climax?
What scared them so much? The stone rolled away? The man in white? Or the words that he spoke: “He has been raised.”? Such a simple telling of an amazing event: “He has been raised” Simple words that incited terror and amazement, that rocked the women’s world. Their plan was to begin their grieving properly with the tradition of anointing the body. Instead, the body has gone. They are denied the chance to begin to process the events of the last days, to find comfort in ancient rituals shared with other women, to seek closure in the familiar.
Doesn’t Mark’s account of resurrection have a ring of authenticity about it? No embellishment. No resolution. No neatly packaged post resurrection sightings by which the gospel spread. But terror and amazement. And silence wrought of fear.
This Easter, how will you preach the Resurrection?
- Will you tidy up the starkness?
- Will you go with amazement or with terror?
- Will you ask: What if?
- What if it’s true? Resurrection is a scary thought.
- What does the truth of Resurrection mean for us? What does it demand of us?
- Will we keep silent out of fear?
- How does the Resurrection speak into world politics and world violence today?
- How will we finish up the Gospel?
It has been a long trek through the Lenten desert. Are you ready to preach Resurrection? Share your thoughts on the ending that is a beginning…
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