Mark Chapter 16: Garden Tomb, Jesus is risen

Dec 4th, 2009 | By | Category: Mark, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Mark Chapter 16: Garden Tomb, Jesus is risen

Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

The two who beheld where the body was laid knew where to take the sweet spices. Other women were with them. Where were the apostles at this time? The faithfulness of these women and their reverence for Jesus are to be appreciated. Earlier the same three viewed Jesus on the Cross from afar (Mark 15:40).

Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

Mark 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

Mark 16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

Because of all the tourists, the stone is smaller today, but originally it was about four to five feet high and very thick and heavy. Knowing this, the women were concerned they could not remove the stone. By faith, they proceeded to the tomb anyway.

The Garden Tomb is so situated that it can be seen from a distance. The earthquake tremors and the angel were instrumental in rolling away the stone. The same earthquake produced the cloud that darkened the atmosphere for three hours, shook the ground when Jesus died, rent the Temple veil, opened the graves of sleeping saints, and then helped to roll away the stone. In other words, one earthquake can have many tremors.

John saw the grave clothes lying there in the tomb unwrapped—just collapsed—and believed (John 20:8). He realized that only a miracle could extract the body without unwinding the grave clothes. The Father had instantaneously dissolved the body into gases and resurrected His Son. When a person dies under normal circumstances, the body eventually dissolves into ashes, but not instantaneously. “Thou sowest not that body that shall be,” said the Apostle Paul (1 Cor. 15:37). This is true of the world as well as of the Church, although the world will receive bodies like those they had previously.

Mark 16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

We know Mary Magdalene did not go into the sepulcher because when she reported to the apostles, she testified that the stone had been rolled away, saying, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre” (John 20:2). If she had seen and heard the angel, she would have mentioned him. Those who heard her testimony and that of the other women thought it was fantasy. Nevertheless, Peter and John ran to the tomb.

Jesus’ body had been on the slab on the left, and now the “young man” was sitting on the right. Therefore, one had to enter the tomb in order to see the angel.

Jesus was raised about 5 a.m. When the stone was rolled away, the guards left quickly to report to the scribes and Pharisees. The guards were paid large sums of money to keep quiet (Matt. 28:11-15).

Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

Mark 16:8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

The women said nothing while en route, but they told their experience when they got to the disciples.

The sleeping saints who were resuscitated and came out of their tombs in an earlier earthquake tremor now had a chance to follow Christ (Matt. 27:51-53). Their discipleship had been cut short in death without receiving the Holy Spirit and having the opportunity to walk in the narrow way. Also, their coming forth has an antitype.

Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

When Mary Magdalene returned to the tomb the second time, she beheld the risen Jesus as a gardener. He appeared only to her as she mourned.

The Gospels providentially portray Mary, Jesus’ mother, very low-key and do not put her first.

Otherwise, it would be nearly impossible to refute the thought that she is a Mediatrix.

Two of Jesus’ four brothers believed on him earlier and were apostles. The other two brothers did not believe until the resurrection. The united testimony of all who had seen the risen Christ, including the 500, was so convincing that Jesus’ brothers woke up. Therefore, all four of his brothers eventually believed.

Verse 9 and the remainder of this Gospel are spurious.

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