Holy Week. Easter Sunday. Day 1.
He is Risen Indeed.
The news spread fast. And Christ’s accusers went into immediate damage control. Folks. Political spin, I hate to tell you, is not new.
¶ Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened.
And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
“You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’
“And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.”
And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.
No media necessary. Just some word of mouth. And a few payoffs.
But we know better, don’t we.
The first order of business for Jesus on this day, was to appear to those who loved Him and to console them. Remember who saw Him first?
Mark 16:9-11 ¶ [Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.
She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.
Yes. He first appeared to a woman. And now we know why.
They didn’t have access to the press back then. The priests weren’t going to be of any help in that department. And the disciples were in shock and didn’t believe He was alive. So, if you want to get the word out, we all know there are three best forms of communication: Telephone. Television and Tell a woman.
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