Angel Says Jesus is Risen

It was Joseph who supplied the tomb for Jesus’ burial. Well, it seems that someone pulled him aside and said, “Joseph, that was such a beautiful, costly, hand-hewn tomb. Why on earth did you give it to someone else to be buried in?” Joseph just smiled. “Why not? … More


At sunrise the next morning, which was Sunday, they were at the tomb (vv. 1-2). As they approached the tomb they were concerned how they might get the stone rolled away from the door (v. 3). However, as they reached the tomb they discovered the stone was already rolled away (v. 4). Inside was an angel who gave them unbelievable news, that Jesus had risen from the dead (vv. 5-6). He told them to go and tell Jesus’ disciples (v. 7) that Jesus was risen and that He would meet them in Galilee as He had promised (Mark 14:28). 

The women left the tomb, but at first they didn’t tell anyone about what they had seen or heard because they were so completely amazed (v. 8). When they came to the tomb they had come to pay last tribute to a dead body. The disciples were in mourning because they thought everything had ended in tragedy. Nothing else but the resurrection could have changed these despairing men and women into people with joy and unbelievable courage. This was proof that Jesus was the true Messiah and the Savior of the world.

A dead Saviour cannot save anybody. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is as much a part of the Gospel message as His sacrificial death on the cross (I Cor. 15:1-8). Perhaps the most precious thing in this passage is in two words which are in no other gospel. “Go,” said the messenger. “Tell” his disciples and Peter. How that message must have especially cheered Peter’s heart when he received it! He must have been tortured with the memory of his disloyalty, and suddenly there came a special message for him. It was characteristic of Jesus that he thought, not of the wrong Peter had done to him, but of the remorse he was undergoing.


Would I have had trouble believing the angel’s words if it had been me that went to the tomb? Why or why not? When someone first told me about Jesus’ resurrection did I have trouble believing him? Why was I finally convinced?

Mark 16:1-8 (English Standard Version)

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back--it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

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