Mark 16:1-8 NLT
Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside. When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.” The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened.
Reflection . . .
What a surprise for these women at the tomb! They came wondering how they would deal with the stone at the entrance to the tomb where Jesus body had been placed. Instead, they and angel who told them great news they could hardly believe, but changed the rest of their lives. Jesus had risen from the dead! Unbelievable! Unlikely! Incredible! Possible?
Many throughout the centuries have argued the possibility of Jesus’ resurrection, but we just can’t get away from the testimony of so many who saw Jesus after his death — alive, resurrected! Not only these women, but his disciples, and hundreds of people saw him before ascending into heaven (1 Cor. 15:3-9). We also can’t dismiss the millions of followers and believers who have committed their lives to serving Jesus Christ throughout the centuries, not having seen him with their own eyes in the flesh! It’s amazing! The message of the resurrection makes faith in Jesus unlike any other religion or faith.