Between the Lines: Easter: March 31, 2013

Text: John 20:1-18

English: Grieving Mary Magdalene by Czech-Aust...

Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple…

How do you suppose Mary might be feeling when arriving at the tomb she finds the stone removed? What must be running through her mind? Why do you suppose she does not enter the tomb or even peek in but rather sets off to find Simon Peter and the other disciples? What have you ever experienced of discovering a deal you thought was done not done or a death that you thought to be dead not dead? Of an agreement you assumed finished not yet agreed upon, incomplete and undecided? Of an ending you supposed over, done with and final only to be surprised that the issue, argument, relationship or love was still alive and well? What is it that may have filled you with caution and kept you from going into that dark tomb and looking around? What is an issue for you today that you have assumed dead that you now discover is still alive? What is the cost and promise of entering the tomb and seeing what yet lives? What is the cost and promise of running off in search of another to look inside for you?

– Bill Dols

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.

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