St Mark 16 Reflections

The Gospel According to St Mark: Mark Chapter Sixteen: Read here:

16 Mary and Jesus

Women Go to the Sepulchre: Mark 16:1-8.

The women who were closest to Jesus went first thing Sunday morning to the sepulchre, desiring to anoint Jesus’s body with sweet spices, to show their love and reverence His life. Their had concern over who would roll away the stone for them; but, when they reached the tomb, they found it had already been rolled away!

‘And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

‘And they said among themselves,

“Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre” (vs. 1-3).

‘But when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away, (for it was very great,) and two angels sitting thereon, clothed in long white garments; and they were affrighted. But the angels said unto them,

“Be not affrighted; ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified; he is risen; he is not here; behold the place where they laid him;  And go your way, tell his disciples and Peter, that he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him as he said unto you.”

‘And they, entering into the sepulcher, saw the place where they laid Jesus’ (JST Mark 16:3-6).

‘And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid’ (Mark 16:8).

Jesus Appeared First to Mary Magdalene: Mark 16:9-11:

‘Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

It is of great interest that the first mortal to see Jesus after His resurrection was a woman.

Jesus Appeared to Two of His Disciples: Mark 16: 12-13:

‘After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.’

Jesus met with two of them while they were walking. I do not believe that he appeared in another form. He was the Resurrected Christ. But it is my opinion that He appeared to them without displaying His light and glory.

Jesus Appeared to His Eleven Apostles: Mark 16:14:

‘Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardnessof heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.’

We often think that only Thomas doubted, but according to Saint Mark’s testimony, they all did.

Not only, in this chapter, did Jesus appear to multiple people, He also appeared three different times. The Law of Witnesses was used here to substantiate that He indeed had risen from the dead, as He promised He would.

Christ Commissions His Disciples to Take the Gospel to All the World: Mark 16:15-20:

‘And he said unto them,

“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

‘So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

‘And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.’

This commission is still in force for all true disciples of Jesus Christ.


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