- Jesus has been dead for a few days, so as soon as the Sabbath is over, three women prepare some spices and head to the tomb where He was buried. However, they wonder how they are going to get someone to roll away the stone so they may enter.
- As they get closer to the tomb, they realize that the stone has already been rolled away and they enter to find a young man dressed in a white robe sitting there (very out of place for a tomb).
- The young man tells them that Jesus, the one they are looking for, is not there for He has risen! He tells them to see the evidence for themselves and then urges them to go tell the disciples, especially Peter. He finishes by telling them that Jesus is on His way to Galilee and will meet you all there as He said He would.
- (The remaining verses in this chapter, verses 9-20, are disputed as to whether they were originally written with the rest of Mark. The earliest manuscripts and other sources do not include these 11 verses.)
- After this, Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene and she in turn goes to tell the others, but they do not believe. He then appears to two others as they are walking in the country (most likely the two followers on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24) who then return and tell the others, and they still don’t believe.
- Jesus then appears to the 11 apostles and rebukes them for their lack of faith and stubbornness for refusing to believe the people who had told them that He had risen.
- He tells them to go and preach the good news in the entire world to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved but those who do not believe will be condemned.
- A list of signs are given that will accompany those who believe in Christ: they will drive out demons, speak in new tongues, pick up snakes with their hands, drink poison and not have any negative reactions, and lay hands on sick people to heal them.
- Jesus then ascends into heaven, to the right hand of God, and the disciples go out and preach the Word everywhere, accompanied by the signs Christ spoke about to confirm their message.
I’m amazed at the faithfulness/boldness of the women at the start of the chapter. They don’t bring a bunch of men with them or even stop to come up with a plan for their early morning mission. They prepare what they need and they go. It is on the way that they wonder how they will accomplish it, but they were so focused on getting everything ready and leaving as early as possible to care for Jesus’ body.
In my life, I want to have the faithfulness/boldness to just go. When a conviction has been laid upon my heart and I desire to do something differently, I want to be like the women and just go!
Jesus, I praise you for the examples of your people throughout time. Even though you could do all of this on your own, you have chosen to work in and through people like us. I pray that I would have the boldness to just go and do the things you have laid on my heart. Lord I also pray this boldness over the youth at Trinity, that you would continue to work in their hearts and draw them closer to your side. It’s in your powerful name I pray, amen.
Posted on Wed, August 5, 2015
by Brian Landers