6 ”Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

— Mark 16:6-8 NIV

I’m convinced that there are people who are fascinated with dead people or people who are believed to be dead.

Throughout human history, there has been a fascination with death. In fact, when one peruses human history, you will note that people would form cults around death and figures.

The ancient Egyptians are most famous for their fascination of death by mummifying their dead and building exquisite tombs, like the pyramids of Giza, for their dead. Many of their deities were death-related.

Moreover, when you examine Greek literature, you will discover that the Greeks had a whole underworld called Hades.

Yes, Hades was ruled by the god Hades, and had five rivers that flowed through it: Acheron, river of sadness; Cocytus, river of lamentation; Lethe, river of forgetfulness; Phlegethon, river of fire; and Styx, river of hate.

The Underworld had attendants who, though not rulers, were important gods and beings.

Moreover, in American culture there is fascination with death.

In fact Walt Disney’s fairy tales, theme parks, and movies are mostly centered around death.

After being responsible for the death of an owl on his family’s farm when he was 7 years old, Disney was haunted by the experience and other influences of death in his life, leading to a strong correlation with death in his children’s stories.

Yes, today there are a number of authors who have spoken on the fascination people have with death. That’s the reason why death and crime are almost always a topic in the news. ”If it bleeds, it leads.”

So it ought not to be a surprise when we read Mark 16:1-8 and find Mary Magdalene and the other Mary at the tomb.

Yes, the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ have always intrigued me.

The crucifixion intrigues me because those who shouted on Palm Sunday, “Hosanna, Hosanna,” were the same ones who shouted on Friday, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him.”

Every time I read the text I become fascinated how quickly things can change. How quickly midnight can creep in. How swift the sounds of joy can be replaced with the sounds of sorrow and dismay.

But that is the story of Jesus Christ.

Yes, the writer of the Gospel of Mark makes it clear to us that Jesus did not come to twiddle His thumbs. He did not come to be celebrated. He did not come to be adored. He did not come to be exalted and lifted up. He did not come to be magnified.

On the contrary, Mark makes it clear that Jesus came into the world because He was on divine assignment.

Yes, Jesus came because He was on a mission. He came because He was sent. Jesus came, because in His own words, He “must be about His Father’s business.”

Beloved, I don’t know what storm you may be going through but tell your haters: Don’t Look for Me in the Tomb.

The same the Lord resurrected Jesus is the same way God will resurrect you.

As always, keep the faith!

Kevin R. Johnson, Ed.D. is a frequent columnist and the lead pastor of Dare to Imagine Church, 6611 Ardleigh St., Philadelphia, PA. Follow him on Twitter @drkrj.

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