-The ladies that had tended to the Lord in His life now came back on the first day of the week, Sunday, to anoint the dead Man with spices for his proper burial. The Word says they went very early on this day as the sun had just risen. They were wondering who might be able to roll the stone away for them since it was described as being “extremely large” and therefore too heavy for them to move. But entering the tomb area where they had seen Jesus be buried two days before, they looked up and saw that the stone had been rolled away. They then actually entered the tomb and saw a young man sitting at the right wearing a white robe. This certainly amazed them as it would anyone. The young man said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.’” The ladies went forth from the tomb trembling and with total astonishment gripping their soul in fear and probably a new found-unexpected hope. They went back to the disciples as the angel had instructed. Mary Magdalene, who had had seven demons cast out of her by Jesus, reported to those who had been with the Christ while they were still mourning and weeping. They did not at first believe the incredible news that this woman was revealing to them. They refused to accept that this Man that they knew had been killed by crucifixion was now alive and had been seen by Mary Magdalene (her testimony of seeing the Christ is actually expanded upon in another gospel, John 20:11-18). The Emmaus travelers are also reported by Mark in two short verses here with an expanded version in Luke 24:13-36. These were not believed either, but afterward the Lord appeared to the eleven themselves as they reclining at the table. He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart. They still had some lessons to learn in faith at this point (Mark 16:1-14).
-Jesus now gives them their marching orders as the risen Savior of the world. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My Name they will cast out demons (Acts 19:11-20), they will speak with new tongues (Acts 2:1-4); they will pick up serpents (Acts 28:3-9), and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover (Mark 16:15-18, Acts 3:1-9).”
-The final scene is portrayed on the Mount of Olives as Jesus is received to the Right Hand of the Father in Heaven (Mark 16:19, Acts 1:9-12). From there they went out and preached everywhere just as the Lord commanded them. He was with them in every respect as a guiding influence by His Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). He confirmed the Word by the signs that followed His disciples as the Kingdom of God advanced and multiplied “from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation (Mark 16:19-20).” The church was born.
-*Application* With total victory achieved we now have the power and authority of the Almighty in us as believers to change this dark and desperate world. Do we believe? Do we move in His Spirit? He has given us all we need to keep advancing His given mission during the course of our lives. Serve Him faithfully and enjoy the exciting life in Christ Jesus!
Verse to Memorize: Mark 16:15-16