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The Gospel of Mark #38:

The Resurrection

Text: Mark 16:1-20

Thesis: To note the impact of the resurrection upon the world.


(1)   On Friday, everything seemingly was over.  Christ was dead and buried in the tomb.

(2)   His disciples were now in hiding and all hope seemed to be lost.

(3)   But, then come Sunday!


I.                   The Story:

A.    Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, i.e., aromatic oils, to anoint Jesus’ body in order to reduce the stench of His decomposing body.

1.      However, in such a hot climate, decomposition was rapid.

2.      Therefore, “this was an illogical, unrealistic, and implausible mission undertaken by three women. It is just the sort of thing love makes people do” (Shelly 157).

B.     Arriving early on Sunday morning, the women were wondering how they would roll away the large stone to enter the tomb.

-          “Obviously, their expectations do not include a miracle. Otherwise, they would never have approached the tomb with their heads down, a sign of doubt and worry as well as grief” (McKenna 323).

C.     They found the stone already rolled away and found a ‘young man’ (i.e., an angel – cf. Matt. 28:2, Luke 24:4) in the tomb.

1.      The angel announces that Jesus is risen (i.e., ‘was raised’ in Greek).

2.      The angel then tells the women to go back and tell the apostles that Jesus would meet them in Galilee.

-          “Peter is singled out because he had denied Jesus and now needed reassurance that he was not excluded from the company of the disciples” (Wessel 788).

D.    The women were initially afraid and temporarily were speechless.

1.      “Those who are confronted with God’s direct intervention in the historical process do not know how to react … The first human response is overwhelming fear” (Lane 591).

2.      “Presumably Mark meant his words to be understood in a limited sense – their silence was only for a little while” (Cranfield 469).

E.     Note: Verses 9-20 – “Serious doubt exists as to whether these verses belong to the Gospel of Mark. They are absent from important early manuscripts and display certain peculiarities of vocabulary, style, and theological content that are unlike the rest of Mark” (NIV Study Bible).

F.      In verse 9-11, Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, who then reports to many who didn’t believe her report.

G.    Verses 12-13 is an abbreviated account of Jesus’ appearance to 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus (cf. Luke 24:13-35).

-          “The point emphasized in these two brief verses is that the two disciples saw and reported that Jesus was alive, but the others did not believe” (Black 289).

H.    Beginning in verse 14, Jesus appears to His disciples.

1.      He initially rebukes them because “by their failure to believe the reports of those who have announced the resurrection, the disciples have once again demonstrated their lack of faith and hardness of heart” (Hooker 389).

2.      He then gives them the “great commission.”

a.       They are to take the gospel to everyone who is to respond by believing and being baptized.

b.      Jesus also refers to the miraculous signs that would accompany the apostles and their preaching.

-          Casting out demons – cf. Acts 16:18

-          Speaking in tongues – cf. Acts 2:1ff.

-          Take up serpents – cf. Acts 28:3-6

-          Drinking poison – No NT record

-          Laying on of hands – cf. Acts 28:8

I.       In verse 19, the Lord ascended back to heaven; i.e., 40 days after the Resurrection from the Mount of Olives – cf. Acts 1:12.

-          “The ‘right hand of God’ is the place of honor and authority (Ps. 110:1; 1 Peter 3:22)” (Wiersbe 1:168).

J.       In verse 20, the apostles are seen as carrying on the Lord’s work.

II.                The Application:

Because of the resurrection,:

A.    We can know that Jesus is the Christ.

B.     We can experience forgiveness of sins in actuality.

C.     We have a message of hope to take to the world.


(1)   Sunday arrived and forever changed everything!

(2)   Have you allowed the resurrection to change you?

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