Thursday, April 13 – John 20:1-2

Apr 12, 2023

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already removed from the tomb. So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they have put Him.”

 

Have you ever been so excited about good news that you began to share it before you knew all the details? Maybe you heard that there was a new restaurant coming to town and you shared with others before you ever tasted the food. Maybe you found out you were up for a promotion, and you shared with your spouse before you knew what the benefits of the promotion would be. In today’s text, Mary had only a glimpse of the hope to come. She saw one piece of the puzzle—the stone had been rolled away. She didn’t need all the details or implications to know that this was news worth sharing.

 

Often, we make sharing the gospel more overwhelming than it needs to be. We get caught up with what we should say, who we should share with, or when we should share. Before long, we feel so in over our heads that we do nothing and share with no one. At this first evidence of the resurrection, Mary simply shared what she witnessed with the people she knew. She did not know how they would respond, but she knew this news about a rolled-away stone was worth spreading. What would happen if we remembered the simplicity of the gospel in this way? It is not something we have to overcomplicate. We don’t have to have everything figured out before we share. We, like Mary, can simply share what we have witnessed in Christ with the people we around us, trusting the Lord with the steps that follow.

 

  • Have you ever shared the gospel with someone else? What was that like?
  • What are some hurdles you face when you consider sharing the gospel with others?
  • Pray and ask God to show you an opportunity to share the hope you have in Him.
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