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?
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Mark 13:1-13Prediction of “The Time of Tribulation”
Mark 13:14-23False Teachers in The End Times
Mark 13:24-32A Description of The Second Coming
Mark 13:33-37We Must Not be Found Sleeping
Mark 14:1-9Jesus Anointed With Perfume
Mark 14:10-16Judas Arranges For Jesus Betrayal
Mark 14:17-26Lord’s Supper Replaces The Passover
Mark 14:27-31Peter’s Heart Was in The Right Place
Mark 14:32-42Jesus in The Garden of Gethsemane
Mark 14:43-52Judas’ Arrival to Betray Jesus
Mark 14:53-65Jesus is Brought Before The Sanhedrin
Mark 14:66-72Peter Denies His Lord Three Times
Mark 15:1-5Jesus is Brought Before Pontius Pilate
Mark 15:6-15Barabbas is Released
Mark 15:16-23Simon Commanded to Carry The Cross
Mark 15:24-32Jesus is Nailed to The Cross
Mark 15:33-41Jesus “Gave Up The Ghost”
Mark 15:42-47Joseph Places Jesus in The Tomb
Mark 16:1-8Angel Says Jesus is Risen
Mark 16:9-14A Reluctance to Believe
Mark 16:15-20“Go Ye Into All The World”