Trembling and Panic Seized Them

According to the Gospel of Mark, the first people who discovered that Jesus had been raised from the dead did not react with celebration and rejoicing. Mark 16:8 describes their reaction this way, "They went out, and fled from the tomb. Trembling and panic had seized them. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid." In this message we propose that unless we are struck with trembling and panic at the empty tomb, we likely have not understood the meaning of the empty tomb.

Lazarus Rising - Lent 5A

The writer of Hebrews says that Jesus frees those who all their lives were held in the fear of death.  In this message we consider the harmful things we do because we fear death - the death of relationships, the death of a career, the loss of possessions.  Jesus wants to set us free from doing these things because only after something dies can it be raised from the dead.