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Scripture: Luke 24:1-12 (Common English Bible)
Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb, bringing the fragrant spices they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 They didn’t know what to make of this. Suddenly, two men were standing beside them in gleaming bright clothing. 5 The women were frightened and bowed their faces toward the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He isn’t here, but has been raised. Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Human One[a] must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words. 9 When they returned from the tomb, they reported all these things to the eleven and all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 11 Their words struck the apostles as nonsense, and they didn’t believe the women. 12 But Peter ran to the tomb. When he bent over to look inside, he saw only the linen cloth. Then he returned home, wondering what had happened.
Through the season of Lent, we will walked with Jesus through the wilderness as God prepared us for the journey ahead. The Negro Spiritual, “Wade in the Water,” reminds us that our journey to wholeness and freedom is not easy, but God is with us. Our Lenten journey was not supposed to be easy, but through it, God builds in us new faith, new love, new hope and renewed mission in Jesus’ name!
After Jesus’ crucifixion, the women got up to tend to Jesus’ body at the tomb and discovered he was no longer there. They told the male disciples about Jesus’ resurrection and Peter got up to see for himself. Jesus’ resurrection is our invitation to “get up” and rise to the occasion!
- What is a word, phrase or image that comes to mind when you read or hear the text?
- What does this scripture teach you about resurrection?
- What does God invite you to do, change or be through this passage?
Discipleship Huddle Questions:
- How is it with your soul?
- How does your soul prosper?