This is Pastor Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, April 5, 2015. The scripture is Mark 16:1-8. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him. 2Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. 3They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?” 4Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back—it was a huge stone—and walked right in. 5They saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished.
6He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. 7Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.” 8 They got out as fast as they could, beside themselves, their heads swimming. Stunned, they said nothing to anyone.
The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.