March 31, 2024

Tell Everyone!

Jim Somerville

“The traditional Gospel reading for Easter Sunday is John 20:1-18, where Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb early on the first day of the week, while it is still dark.  You know that story.  It’s a good one…A great story.  It’s the surprise ending of the greatest story every told,” begins Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday. Today’s sermon comes from Mark 16:1-8, which also presents the events of the resurrection, albeit in “a much less satisfying way” that “seems incomplete, unfinished.” There is no surprise ending, as the women flee the tomb and say nothing to anyone because they were so afraid. “The question is why. Why would Mark end his Gospel this way?” “I have a theory,” continues Jim Somerville. “If this story is going to be resolved, if it’s ever going to have a happy ending, it will be up to us.”

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NOTE: This sermon was originally released as B19: Easter Sunday, Year B (2021)