■ By Kirk Beard / Contributed
“And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 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. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.” – Mark 16:5-8.
Studying the Bible has become one of the great joys of my life. One chapter, one verse, one phrase, and even one word has power to change, not only one’s perspective, but one’s life. In these verses, we see three ladies attempting to visit the tomb of Jesus to pay their respects to the one that they had all loved. Instead of finding a tomb with a body, they are pleasantly surprised to find a tomb empty of its previous inhabitant, Jesus. Instead of seeing the body of Jesus, they see an angel in the appearance of a young man. The angel tells these ladies to spread the word of the Resurrection to the disciples.
Well, this is blessing enough for all of us. But more than that, we have a personal invitation to the disciple Peter. Peter had recently denied Christ and even had denied Jesus publicly. When the angel of the Lord calls specifically for Peter to be told of the Resurrection and still includes him as a disciple, it shows the mercy, the grace, and the love of God.
The thought today is two-fold. Firstly, that you are loved by God in such a way that can never be explained by the tongue of man or the pen of a writer. I would simply say that, “God loves you with an everlasting love.” Secondly, could we, as Christians, share this love that God has with others? Could we live a life of mercy and grace, conferring on others at least a little of the love that God has given to us? It is a Bible teaching, “Give and it shall be given unto you.” Couldn’t we love the way God loved us? Let’s try.
Pastor Kirk Beard
Parkway Baptist Church