November 13th, 2006
Nothing is more final than death. It’s a one-way door. You go through it, and you don’t come out again. In all human tribes, cultures, ethnicities and nations there is no variation in the death rate: it’s 100%. It happens to animals, humans, and every living thing. You can try as hard as you like to put it off; perhaps by living a careful lifestyle and eating the right foods and taking appropriate exercise and suitable vitamin pills you can delay its occurrence for five or ten years, but ultimately it catches up with you. And it is not reversible under any circumstances. Or is it?
Mark’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 16
16:1 The day after the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could apply them to Jesus’s body. 16:2 Very early on the first day of the week, they arrived at the tomb as the sun was rising. 16:3 They were wondering, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 16:4 The stone was very large, but when they looked up, they saw that the stone had already been rolled back.
16:5 Going into the tomb, they were surprised to see a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe. 16:6 He said to them, “Don’t be shocked. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. You can see the place where they laid him! 16:7 Now go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him, as he promised you.'”
16:8 They went out, and ran away from the tomb, because they were trembling with the shock. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
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