Excerpts from Pastor Cheryl Hoffman's Easter Sunday, April 4th sermon.
There is a big difference between Mark’s eight verse resurrection story and story with which we are so familiar from John’s gospel. In Mark there is no running back and forth to the tomb like schoolboys, trying to outrun each other. There is no mistaking the risen Jesus for a gardener. In fact, did you notice, there is no risen Jesus at all in Mark’s version of the first Easter Sunday. Here it is just a young man dressed in a white robe – presumably an angel – who tells three women that: Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified, has been raised; and he is not here. After which the women are given instructions to report back to the disciples what they have seen and heard.
A colleague asked why anyone would ever want to use Mark’s gospel this morning? Mark’s account is too terse for his liking. Perhaps some of you are in the same camp.
But let’s remember that Mark is the earliest gospel and the only one likely to have been written by a true contemporary of Jesus.
And Mark has everything that is important – the same elements we find in John’s gospel, just without all of the made for movie drama....