Exodus 12:14-27; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8
Alfred Hitchcock was a master of suspense. He left behind many memorable movies. He was known for his cliff-hanger endings, as in “The Birds,” where at the end the audience is left to wonder if the human-attacking birds will come back. In like manner, Mark’s account of the resurrection gives us a dangling question. In chapter sixteen of Mark’s Gospel, the shorter ending, the last Greek word is gar. (gar) This word is translated into English as “for,” which tells us the author wanted us to draw our own conclusions. A more literal translation would read: “And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, they were afraid, [for]…” (Mark 16:8) When you put that conjunction “for” at the end of the sentence, you get the sense of suspense that the writer wanted to impart.
So, what do you say about the resurrection of Jesus? Is it real? Can you come to your own conclusion, as have hundreds of thousands of Christians before you—that what the empty tomb says is: “For he is risen just as he said!”?
Prayer: Father forgive my unbelief. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.