After He Rose Early 042512
Today’s verses from Mark remind me what I love about Mark. The plain language, the simple language of an unassuming eyewitness are revealed when Mark 16:9 says: ‘9Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.’
This is the small, otherwise insignificant detail that an eyewitness would relate, but a detail that a later reconstructionist would miss or ignore. It brings the story home to us in a valid and ordinary manner.
But I can’t help asking, where did Jesus sleep? Why was Mary Magdalene the first person to see him the next morning? This sounds like an old man’s gossip, doesn’t it? Who did Jesus sleep with?
I realize the idea of Jesus having a human relationship with Mary Magdalene is heresy to many Christians. But I think the opposite. While Jesus was God, and had risen from the dead, he was fully human, and I hope he experienced all the joys (as well as the tragedies) of human life, including the love of a godly woman.
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1Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament!
2Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
4Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
5Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
9Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
2She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
3She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
4“You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says,
5“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
9Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
12After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
14Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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