Isaiah 25: 6-9/Mark 16:1-8 4.1.18
When our sons were into reading chapter books, I remember their keen interest in reading the books where you could choose your own adventure. It was a whole series that was very popular in the late 1980s and the 1990’s. You came to a certain point in the plot and then you could decide the next steps the main character would take and then be directed to skip to the next part of the story, depending on what you chose. The process continues throughout the book, providing a wide variety of possibilities for the endings, depending on the reader. These books invited re-reading again and again, for the story could be different each time. The idea of choosing your own adventure drew in reluctant readers and encouraged young people to be creative in shaping the stories they read.
When you think about it, the gospel of Mark kind of operates like a choose your own adventure book at the end. The very earliest, and therefore described by scholars as the most reliable, copies of the gospel end at v. 8, kind of with a cliffhanger. The women have come to the tomb expecting a body to honor with burial spices and they are surprised. Continue reading