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  • Writer's pictureJulie Gross

The End of the Story

I found out tonight that I’m not the only one who likes to read the end of the story first or who likes to know how a movie is going to end before watching it. I go right to the last chapter in the book, and I like to read the movie summary before I watch it. Most people think it’s strange that I do this; they ask, “Don’t you want to be surprised?”


That is a good question. I guess I like to have some surprises, like when I was pregnant the first time. I didn’t want to know if I was having a boy or a girl, and my husband didn’t want to know either, so we didn’t know that we were having a boy until Garrison was born! It was a happy surprise.


With our second son, we didn’t want to be surprised, so we had an ultrasound, so we knew we were having a boy! That helped me to prepare for what was to come.


With stories and books, I like knowing what is going to happen. I like being prepared for the ending. 


This is Holy Week. It starts with Palm Sunday where Jesus entered into Jerusalem and the people celebrated his arrival, so the story of Holy Week starts off happy, but how does the story end? If I stop reading on Friday or Saturday, the story would have a very sad ending. Jesus is crucified on Friday and placed in a tomb, and on Saturday he is dead in the tomb. But that’s not where the story ends.


**Spoiler Alert I’m going to tell you how Holy Week ends, so if you don’t know, you really should keep reading!


So, why not go right to the end of the story of Holy Week? That’s the best part–Jesus is alive! He has risen, and He’s no longer dead in the tomb! How amazing is that? We have a living God who died for our sins, but He didn’t stay in that tomb because He overcame death! That’s pretty cool!


Here’s what Matthew 28 verses 5-7 say about the resurrection of Jesus: 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.


The story of Jesus really is the best story ever, so why not go to the end of the story first? Go ahead--skip to the end! Jesus is alive!


Happy Easter, friends!


Love,

Julie


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