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Where Do We Go From Here?

March 31, 2018

The love we yearn to feel…

Looking for God in Messy Places

In the early hours of the third day, Mary Magdalene went with a group of women to Jesus’ tomb. They carried spices to anoint his shattered, lifeless body. At least, that’s how Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell the story.

In John’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb alone and empty-handed. No companions. No spices.

Like his counterparts, John is an accomplished storyteller. The Gospel writers are not detached observers and dispassionate recorders of events. They are fervent believers whose lives have been changed by their personal encounter with the risen Christ.

John aims to do more than provide an objective record of external events. He crafts the plot and molds his characters with the intention of conveying the interior transformation that comes with encountering the risen Jesus.

So, when John places a solitary Mary Magdalene at that tomb with no spices, he’s teaching us something about the state of…

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