MUSINGS – December 16, 2018 TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS
When the day of worship was over, Mary from Magdala, Mary (the mother of James), and Salome bought spices to go and anoint Jesus. On Sunday they were going to the tomb very early when the sun had just come up. They said 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 had been rolled away. It was a very large stone. As they went into the tomb, they saw a young man. He was dressed in a white robe and sat on the right side. They were panic-stricken.
The young man said to them, “Don’t panic! You’re looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been brought back to life. He’s not here. Look at the place where they laid him. Go and tell his disciples and Peter that he’s going ahead of them to Galilee. There they will see him, just as he told them.”
They went out of the tomb and ran away. Shock and trembling had overwhelmed them. They didn’t say a thing to anyone, because they were afraid.
What a difference between this angelic announcement of Jesus’s resurrection and the announcement of his birth.
On the night Jesus was born a host (literally an army) of angels appeared to some shepherds out in the countryside at night. Though they were not given a command to go to him nor to tell anyone, they ran to find him and then told everyone that they met.*
Here the women are quietly met the day after the day off worship (Friday night through Saturday night) by a single angel who commands them to go and tell his disciples of Jesus’s resurrection. However, they run away in fear and tell no one.
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