Today’s write up revolves around the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We read that Mary Magdalene, Salome and Mary took spices to the grave where the body of Jesus was laid to anoint it. As they got there to their surprise they found that the stone blocking the entrance had been rolled away and on entering the tomb, they saw a man wearing a white robe who announces to them the good news that Jesus has already risen from the dead and they should go and tell his disciples about Jesus’ resurrection.
In the following verses, Jesus appeared to different people in the city, first it was Mary Magdalene who went and informed his disciples but they didn’t believe her. Jesus appeared to two of his disciples who were travelling to another country, the disciples went back to also tell his disciples they still didn’t believe them either, until Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples while they were eating that they believed he had risen. Jesus however rebuked them for their unbelief and then instructed them to go to the world and share the good news of His resurrection and he that believed and is baptized shall be saved but, he that believed not shall be dammed and these signs shall follow them that believe in my name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpent and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall receive their healing.
Afterwards Jesus ascended into heaven to be with God the father and the disciples in obedience to His command went forth everywhere to preach and the lord confirmed their words with signs.
Jesus played a very important role in bringing people to understand the truth about the love of God and it is expected of us as God’s children to also exemplify the love of God by leaving our comfort zone and go into the world and share the good news and wonderful love of God towards all, and our lord Jesus will accompany us with signs because, he has made power available to perform miracles in His name and all we need to do is to believe and obey and leave the rest to God.
I will obey the lord’s command, leave my comfort zone and preach the gospel everywhere I go.
Reading Mark 16
Jesus Has Risen
16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, 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, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.[a]
[The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20.]
9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.
14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
- Mark 16:8 Some manuscripts have the following ending between verses 8 and 9, and one manuscript has it after verse 8 (omitting verses 9-20): Then they quickly reported all these instructions to those around Peter. After this, Jesus himself also sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. Amen.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.