1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. 2Very early on the first day of the week, they *came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. 5Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. 6And he *said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. 7But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.’ ” 8They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
9[Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. 10She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.
12After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country. 13They went away and reported it to the others, but they did not believe them either.
14Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.16He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.]
- Heads 16:1-4
- Hearts 16:5-8
- Hands 16:9-20
Jesus had informed everyone multiple times that He was going to suffer, die and rise from the dead. Why do you think everyone missed what God was doing? Where have you missed what God was doing in your own story?
No problem is too big for God. How does the reality of the resurrection align our thoughts with reality, so we can think correctly about the problems we face? What is the biggest problem you face you can take to Him now? In what ways can your Community help you grow in and through that (those) problem(s)? What would that help look like?
(v 5-8) How are Jesus’ words “and Peter” a comfort for guilty, crushed, or condemned hearts? What past guilt, shame and failure do you carry that you can repent of and take to Him now?
(v 9-20) The Gospel isn’t simply an intellectual or emotional message, it is practical. He has called us to go make disciples. What fears keep you from being faithful and available to His mission? What is one fear that you can repent of now and ask Him to strengthen you in?