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The Gospel of Mark 16

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Introduction

Speak a moment on the material from last week, the crucifixion of Jesus and his burial.
Now today we begin with verse 1
Mark 16:1 ESV
1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
So the first day of the week we find Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary brought spices to finish anointing the body of Jesus.
Now this one event is recorded in all 4 gospels, , and . John records the least of the moment of the ladies finding the empty tomb, John speaks more of the men coming to see about what the ladies had said....
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Now we know that Joseph and Nicodemus were fairly rushed that evening of the crucifixion before the passover began to finish the events that were necessary.
Now verses 2-3
Mark 16:2–3 ESV
2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”
Mark 16
Now verse 2 gives us more detail.
Early morning, just after sunrise they went to the tomb.... when?
The Scripture tells us it was the first day of the week, so it is Sunday morning....
That is the first day of the week, and we call it Sunday.
Now the ladies had all they needed? They had clothe and spices, everything they would need to finish preparing the body of Jesus correctly for burial.
You see on thing we must take into consideration here is the truth that these women loved Jesus, they were his students just as the men were, They were not apostles, but they were followers, they were ones who listened, heard and put into practiced his teaching in their lives.
Some have even witnessed his mercy, healing and redemption first hand.... they loved Him more than life itself. There would be nothing to stop them from doing what was on their heart to do...
But… there was one question among them… what was it?
Who will role away the stone… That was the only point they didn’t know the answer to right then.
But they were confident they could finish what was on their hearts. Just they didnt have an answer about the stone.
But wait.... look at verse 4
Mark 16:4 ESV
4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large.
when they arrived on the scene, what did they find, the burial place was already open, the stone had already been rolled out of the way.
Now this is interesting because we know it was there.
Matthew 27:60–61 ESV
60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
Luke
Luke 23:55 ESV
55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid.
and Mark himself says in : 46-47
Mark 15:46–47 ESV
46 And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
so 3 of the four gospel tell us specifically that they knew ( the ladies ) where the body of Jesus was and that a stone had been rolled into place to seal the tomb And the ladies knew exactly where all this was...
Now lets move forward
Mark 16:5–8 ESV
5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 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. 7 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.” 8 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.
Now Mark says they went into the tomb , not that they mere gazed inside. These were not weak women, yes they looked inside, these ladies came to serve Jesus.
and as they entered they find an angel of the Lord, a man dressed in white linen
Quesiton: What can you tell me about the place the man was sitting on the right side.
He was actually sitting on the place where Jesus had lay for three days, he was on the mortuary stone bed.
And the Bible says at the end over verse 5, they were alarmed....
my words here..... ya think......
Verse 6 the angel spoke to them Do not be alarmed, The angel was asking them to calm down and be ready for the news. You came seeking Jesus of Narazeth, He is not here,
He has risen.... after telling them that Jesus was not there, that was the best reason in the world. Jesus had risen.
and then there was a wonderful invitation… come and see
Verse 7. Then there is a command.... go and tell His disciples and Peter.
Why this.....
Peter needed to hear Jesus was interested in Him, that despite the denials, He was still one of them.
Now why the command of going ahead of them into Galilee?
Well let me take you back to Chapter 14.
Mark 14:26–28 ESV
26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”
Mark 14
Now some have wondered if there faith was slow. Because they didn’t go to Galilee right away, it wasn’t until after the Jerusalem visits that they would do so… and he was there twice, once for all and then once for Thomas.
Verse 8
Mark 14:8 ESV
8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.
Mark 16:8 ESV
8 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.
Fear, excitement and so much joy… they fled the tomb,
Now verses 9-13
Mark 16:9–13 ESV
9 Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. 12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
Now verses 9-20
External evidence suggests these verses were not originally part of Mark’s gospel. Majority of the Greek texts have these verses, the earliest and most reliable do not have them.
The 4th century church fathers Eusebius and Jerome noted that most all the Greek manuscripts available to them did not have these verses.
Now we begin.....
Verse 9-10
Mark 16:9 ESV
9 Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
It seems to restate what we already know with extra detail
Mark 16:9–10 ESV
9 Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
It seems to restate what we already know with extra detail, So mark tells us that Jesus appears first to Mary Magdalene.
It seems to restate what we already know with extra detail, So mark tells us that Jesus appears first to Mary Magdalene.
It seems to restate what we already know with extra detail, So mark tells us that Jesus appears first to Mary Magdalene.
She goes back ( verse 10) and tells the disciples who were mourning that she had seen Jesus alive and risen from the dead.
Is it any surprise to you that they were gathered mourning in the Upper Room? Reminds us that no one understood the resurrection of Jesus until it had taken place.
Verse 11
Verse 11
Mark 16:11 ESV
11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
why do you think they discredited her so easily?
But, they would not believe her...
Now verses 12-13
Mark 16:12–13 ESV
12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
The road to Emmas
But the disciples still did not believe.
Mark 16:14–16 ESV
14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:
So Jesus appears to the eleven, and of course we know that Judas is not amount the crew.
He rebukes them because they did not believe the witnesses that he sent ahead of this visit. He had prepared people and they could not believe them, in truth that were all like ‘Thomas.”
He rebukes them because they did not believe the witnesses that he sent ahead of this visit. He had prepared people and they could not believe them, in truth that were all like ‘Thomas.”
and with verse 15 we see the Great Commission of Jesus. This is the verse I was reading then the Lord called me some 34 years ago to the ministry to preach.
What do you think of verse 16? Is there not an urgency to it all, those who do not believe will be condemned.
Now one thing important from verse 16, baptism does not save you… baptism comes after salvation, but some have confused the wording to mean you must included baptism as a portion of the salvation experience.
it does not.
What do you think of verse 16? Is there not an urgency to it all, those who do not believe will be condemned.
Now the most 2 special verses
Mark 16:17–18 ESV
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:17
5 promises are made to those disciples who are following the Lord.
Now many say that believers should be able to practice these things today, many scholars think that tis was only for the apostolic age....
what do you think about this
Much of this was similar to the sending out of the 12 in Matthew 10
what do you think about this
Matthew 10:1 ESV
1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.
2 Corinthians 12:12 ESV
12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.
And we know that the apostles were given such gifts to authentic the gospel message.
I am by no means saying that gifts are over.... but I am not saying we were called to pick up serpents and drink deadly poision
Mark 16:19–20 ESV
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
Explain
Mark 15:40–42 ESV
40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. 42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
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