What Jesus Did! 'Gloom or Anticipation?' — Mark 16:2

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Very early on that day, the first day of the week, the women were going to the tomb. It was very early after sunrise.
— Mark 16:2 NLT
Illustration of Mark 16:2 NLT — Very early on that day, the first day of the week, the women were going to the tomb. It was very early after sunrise.

Key Thought

This verse is filled with anticipation for those of us who live on this side of Jesus' resurrection. However, try to imagine what it was like for those women who had supported Jesus with their funds, had honored him with their discipleship, and were broken-hearted because of his death! Their walk to the tomb was an act of love and faithfulness. In the slowly gathering light of the early morning, their walk would have been a walk of agony and deep grief. Despite the danger of being identified with Jesus, despite the heaviness of their hearts, and despite the early hour of their walk to the tomb, these women still came to honor Christ. What excuse do you and I have for not coming to honor him? Let's approach our times together with Christians who assemble to honor Jesus with anticipation, not gloom. "The Lord's Day" is not only the day these women met the resurrected Jesus; it is also our day of assembling to remember Jesus and his birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection. Let's approach this day with anticipation and joy in our hearts!

Today's Prayer

Father, make my heart glad to be with your people and meet the resurrected Jesus when we assemble in his name. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 18:20
  • Revelation 1:9-10
  • Hebrews 10:19-25

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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