In the Easter story, we are given the collision of emotions (fear and joy) which explain the Christian condition. We continue to love through everything.
When fear and joy get tangled together in love
The Great Vigil of Easter | Matthew 28:1-10
“He is not here; for he has been raised.”
Usually a person isn’t so happy to truck themselves all that way to see somebody and find they aren’t there.
Those four words: “He is not here” are among our favorite words as Christians. Probably more than for Mary who was apparently half afraid / half ecstatic. Talk about confusion. It says “they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy”. Who can blame her for not knowing how to feel! She’s full of fear and joy!
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