The Resurrection of Jesus
Mark 16:1-8 (Matthew 28:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-10)
Easter Sunday, Passion Week
(1) When the Sabbath day was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought fragrant oils so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. (2) Very early on Sunday morning—just after sunrise—they went to the tomb (3) and they asked each other, “Who will roll the large stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
(4) But when they arrived at the tomb, they looked and saw that the large stone had already 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 became very afraid. (6) But he said to them, “Do not be afraid! Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified, has risen from the dead! He is not here. You can see the place where they laid him is empty. (7) But go and tell Peter and the disciples that Jesus is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”
(8) Shaking and filled with amazement, the women went out and ran from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were very afraid.
(Early manuscripts do not contain Mark 16:9-20)
The Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus
Mark 16:9-14 (Matthew 28:9-10; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:11-18)
(9) After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning—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 and who were mourning and weeping. (11) When Mary told them that she had seen Jesus alive, they did not believe her.
(12) Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two disciples who were walking from Jerusalem into the country. (Jesus appeared to these two men on the road to the village of Emmaus; see Luke 24:13-35). (13) These two returned to Jerusalem and reported to the disciples, but they did not believe them either.
(14) Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven Apostles as they were eating. He rebuked them for their lack of faith and because they were so stubborn that they had refused to believe those who had seen him alive after he rose from the dead.
The Great Commission of Jesus
Mark 16:15-18 (Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-23; Acts 1:6-8)
(15) Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel (good news) of God 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 cast out demons; they will speak in new languages (tongues); (18) they will pick up snakes with their hands; and if they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them; and they will place their hands on sick people and they will be healed.”
Jesus Ascends to Heaven
Mark 16:19-20 (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-11)
(19) After the Lord Jesus had said these things to his disciples, he was taken up into heaven (from Bethany on the Mount of Olives) and enthroned in authority at God’s right hand. (20) Then the disciples went out to proclaim the gospel (good news) of God everywhere in the world, and the Lord helped them by confirming the salvation message with miraculous signs (miracles).