Each gospel offers its unique version of what happened on Easter morning, but they have two aspects in common. They agree that the women are the first people to experience the empty tomb. And they agree that it comes as a surprise. No one expected a resurrection.
These are, after all, the same women who watched the whole ghastly ordeal on Friday afternoon. They heard Jesus take his last breath. They saw Joseph pull his bloody body down from the cross, wrap it in a linen cloth, and lay it in the tomb. They heard the heartrending thud as the stone rolled against the opening. All they expected to find at the tomb was a rigid, lifeless corpse. Their only question was, “Who will roll away the stone for us?”
—James A. Harnish, Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.
—Mark 16:3-4, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
And he shall reign for ever and ever.
King of kings forever and ever!
And Lord of lords forever and ever!
From Messiah by George Frideric Handel et al., 1685–1759.
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