Speak Up!

The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened.
Mark 16:8 (NLT)

The Resurrection. Then verses 1- 8.

1Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. 2Very early on Sunday morning,a just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.

5When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, 6but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,b who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. 7Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”

8The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened.

[Shorter Ending of Mark]

Then they briefly reported all this to Peter and his companions. Afterward Jesus himself sent them out from east to west with the sacred and unfailing message of salvation that gives eternal life. Amen.

[Longer Ending of Mark]

9After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10She went to the disciples, who were grieving and weeping, and told them what had happened.

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples after seeing Jesus risen from the dead, and told the disciples. However, the very women that the angel spoke to, were too terrified to obey when the angel told them what happened and to go tell the disciples.

Who are you like? The woman who went by herself to the disciples, or one of the women who followed the others and was too afraid to go tell the disciples.

This reminded me of previous posts including Do Not Be Afraid!Strong and Courageous and the Reminder to be Strong and Courageous.

Courage! The best action in the face of fear. Fear is not peace. Fear is not from God. Always face fear. Take Courage.
Courage defined: (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

Take Courage. Stand. Speak up.

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