For They Were Afraid

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“Astonishment and fear qualify the events of the life of Jesus. The account of the empty tomb is soul-shaking, and to convey this impression Mark describes in the most meaningful language the utter amazement and overwhelming feeling of the women. . . . he wished to say that ‘the gospel of Jesus the Messiah’ (Ch. 1:1) is an event beyond human comprehension and therefore awesome and frightening.” (William L. Lane, The Gospel According to Mark, p. 592).

“Tell Peter, for it will be good news to him, more welcome to him than to any of them; for he is in sorrow for sin, and no tidings can be more welcome to true penitents than to hear of the resurrection of Christ, because he rose again for their justification.” (Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Bible, at Mark 16:7).

(Quotes used in the reflection for tomorrow’s message at Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC._

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