Bible Study - Mark 16 1-8 The Resurrection of Jesus

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Mark 16:1-8 : 

Mark 16:1-8

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1 And 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. 2 And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” 4 And looking up, they saw the stone was rolled back;—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. 6 And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

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Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome had been with Joseph of Arimathea when he took Jesus’ body to the tomb. Once the tomb was sealed they would have rushed home to keep the Sabbath as the law required them to do. The Sabbath day would begin at sundown on Friday and would continue until sundown on Saturday. Consider for a moment what might have been running through their minds and the devastating sadness they felt at the loss of their hero, their leader, their friend. Consider also they had personally witnessed Jesus healing many people both physically and emotionally. They witnessed Him speak the truth and teach with authority and now it appeared that all of this ended with His death.

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Saturday, after sundown would have been their first opportunity to purchase the spices and perfumes they would need to anoint the body. The anointing of the body of a deceased person was a sign of love, devotion, and respect. Since Israelites didn’t embalm bodies the women would use spices an perfumes instead of embalming fluid. Now it is sunrise on the first day of the week, Sunday morning. They must have wondered if the Roman guards would allow them to enter the tomb, and if so they would have to convince them to remove the heavy stone from the entrance. As they get close to the tomb they see that the stone had already been removed and there were no Roman guards to be seen.

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Consider their courage, the tomb was open and they went in anyway but their courage was rewarded by an angel who told them that the Lord had risen (cf. Lk. 24:4; Jn. 20:12). The angel had confirmed what Jesus had taught all along, that he would suffer, die, be buried and rise on the third day (8:31; 9:9, 31; 10:32–34; 14:25). The Resurrection of the Lord is of vital importance to Christianity. Jesus had kept his promise to rise from the dead.

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Because of the Resurrection we know that the kingdom of God came into human history and now we await another promise of Jesus, the second coming. The Resurrection proves that death has been conquered and that we too have the opportunity to rise to new life and eternally live with Christ. The Resurrection gives meaning to the Mass when we, like the two on the road Emmaus have the opportunity to break bread with the Lord. The Resurrection causes Christians to be a people of hope in the future not live in fear of death but in the hope of a new beginning. The Resurrection is a historical fact reported by many sources and proves that Jesus is not legend; he is alive and real. Now the women are told to “go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him (see Jn. 21).

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