And we’re nearly there! I’ve loved doing these wee Marcan reflections each week.
The ‘young man’ in white says what most angels seem to say to people they meet – ‘Don’t be afraid’. Here is a glimpse of the ‘otherness’ of God reflected in his messenger.
But fear and terror are not appropriate in this situation. For now the world has changed. Bad news and grief and despair are being transformed in the face of the astonishing good news given by the angel.
And this is the ‘good news’, the gospel – the man Jesus of Nazareth has been crucified, killed and buried. But he has been raised bodily from the dead; the tomb is empty, death has been found powerless in the face of the power of God. And this man Jesus is raised to a new order of eschatological existence. The future world of resurrection has broken into the present.
All has changed.
No wonder the women are bewildered. This good news is so ‘paradigm shifting’, so ‘big’ that they cannot begin to take it in.
That will take time … and Christians ever after, from the early Christians and their writings recorded in the NT, to believers around the world today are still processing that great good news.
So how does this astonishing good news, first spoken by the angel to the women all those centuries ago, continue to speak into and transform your life and context today ?
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.