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Steven Furtick — It Can't End Like This...

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Mark 16:1, "When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, 'Who will roll the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?'. And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back — it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, "Don't freak out, you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples" - in other words you can look, but don't stay long, because he is not here, in this dead place, he is not here, he is risen! - "'So, go tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you'. And they went out and fled from...

I wonder what you're running from today? Because sometimes when life disappoints our expectations, we find ourselves hiding from the very places, that we came to looking for God... "they fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid".

And on that note, Mark's Gospel ends. It's an anti-climactic ending. It's not how we would expect it to end, but that's how it ends. And there is an announcement for this Easter, that I want to give to you. In fact I want you to give it to your neighbor, so pick one, look them in the eyes, and give them my sermon title for Easter 2018, tell them: neighbor, it can't end like this. Look at your other neighbor, the one you were secretly hoping you'd get to talk to, tell em: it can't end like this. Father anoint your word and open our hearts to hear it, in Jesus name, Amen.
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