I was recently asked to name my favorite Bible verse. I had to think about that for a bit. There are so many that have meant something to me over the years. After some thought, I answered that Mark 16:8 was my “favorite”, if I only had one choice. It says;
“So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”
The person who asked the question looked at me like they had just eaten something sour. They were expecting a different answer. They responded “really?” and then asked “why?”
The reason I answered with this verse is because it relays the idea of the survival of the message of Jesus. This verse, in the most ancient texts, is the ending of the Gospel of Mark. These women left the tomb and said nothing. An overarching theme in Mark’s recounting the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is to “say nothing”. Something happened…Jesus told his disciples to say nothing about it. But they always did.
The significance of this story, for me, is that the story in Mark, doesn’t end in silence. It didn’t end there. As people of the faith, we are evidence that fear and silence didn’t prevail then, and hopefully isn’t prevailing now.
As we enter into Holy Week, be amazed! And don’t be silent! Invite someone to hear the story once again….and invite them to come to church with you! Invite them to journey to Jerusalem and beyond as we relive the story, once again, in this awesome faith community!
With the Hope of Holy Week!