Don’t Be Alarmed – Week of April 17, 2017

But when they looked up, they [Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome] saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb.
Mark 16:4-8 (NIV 1984)

ECME Devotion – April 17, 2017

Devotion based on Mark 16:4-8

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“Don’t be alarmed.” The angel uttered this phrase as the women approached Jesus’ tomb. Those who work with young children probably find themselves saying similar phrases on a regular basis: “Don’t worry, it’s just a scratch,” or “It’ll be okay, your mom will be back later.” Children are easily scared and concerned from life’s challenges that are thrown their way, both big and small.

Perhaps you have found yourself feeling scared and worried lately and needing comfort. Maybe your busy schedule is leaving you feeling guilty over the small amount of time you have to spend with friends and family. Maybe someone you love is fighting a losing battle with an illness or addiction. A sin-filled world brings many reasons to grow concerned and feel down. Quite frankly—there are many things that cause fear and alarm. But praise be to God that we have hope amidst these challenges.

Don’t be alarmed! Jesus? The Nazarene? The crucified one? He has risen! He is not here! What a comfort this is for us as well! The Easter message, “He has risen! He is not here!” gives us hope that the sin and suffering of this world is only temporary, but the gift of heaven is everlasting.
Just as the angel told the women to spread the message of the resurrection to Peter and the rest of Jesus’ disciples, what joy is ours to speak the same: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. In him there is no reason to fear. Happy Easter!

Prayer: He lives, all glory to his name! He lives, my Jesus still the same. Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives: “I know that my Redeemer lives!” Amen.
Christian Worship 152:8

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