Week 37   Day 7



            traumatic experiences test our faith 

                        the defeat that disillusions us 

                        the disgrace that will not disappear 

                        the diagnosis that creates dread 

                        the death that dooms any future dreams 


            those who first gave witness of Jesus' resurrection 

                        were rejected 

                        were turned away 

                        were not believed 

                        were not accepted 


            how can we overcome the no that paralyzes 

                        no we do not want to be hurt again 

                        no we do not want to let our feelings go 

                        no we do not want to be disappointed again 

                        no we do not want to let ourselves be overwhelmed


            and accept the living yes of Jesus 

                        yes I love you 

                        yes I need you 

                        yes I will live in you 

                        yes I abide with you  






     "Jesus is alive!"
The good news was hard to believe.
                                         Mark 15 & 16 

    1 In the morning,  they bound Jesus, led Him away, and
delivered Him to Pilate.  2Pilate asked, "Are You the King of
the Jews?"  He answered, "It is as you say."  3The chief priests
accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing.  
    6At the feast Pilate's custom was to release a prisoner to
them, whomever they requested.  7There was one named
Barabbas, who had committed murder in the rebellion.  8The
multitude began to ask him to do just as he had always done
for them.  9But Pilate answered "Do you want me to release 
the King of the Jews?"  10For he knew that the chief priests
had handed Him over because of envy.
    11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should
rather release Barabbas to them.  12Pilate answered, "What
you want me to do with Him called the King of the Jews?" 
13So they cried out again, "Crucify Him!"  14Then Pilate said
to them, "Why, what evil has He done?"  But they cried out all
the more, "Crucify Him!"  15So Pilate, wanting to gratify the
crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus,
he had scourged Him, to be crucified.
    33When the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over
the whole land until the ninth hour.  35Some of those who
by, said, "Look, He is calling for Elijah!"  36Someone ran
filled a sponge with sour wine, and offered it to Him, saying,
"Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down." 
 37And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.
    9Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He
appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast
seven demons.  10She went and told those who had been with
Him, as they mourned and wept.  11When they heard that He
was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.  
    12After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as
they walked in the country.  13They went and told the rest, but
they did not believe them either. 
14Later He appeared to the
eleven; and He rebuked their
unbelief and hardness of heart. 
15He said to them, "Go into
all the world and preach the gospel
to every creature.  19After
the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up
into heaven,
and sat down at the right hand of God.  20Then they
went out
and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them
confirming the word through accompanying signs.  Amen.
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

                   < prev page                                           next page >