The Empty Tomb
Verse 1 – Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
I noticed the high regard that Mary Magdalene holds in scripture. The Bible always identifies her so there is no misunderstanding of which Mary it is.
Verse 2 – And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.
This happened before the women reached the tomb. This was no ordinary angel.
Verse 3 – His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
From Mark’s point of view, it seems as though this angel is a young man.
Verse 4 – And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
Verse 5 – But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
Verse 6 – “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.
Verse 7 – “And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
These women would be the first to tell of Jesus resurrection. To the saved, its glorious news, but to the lost, it places fear in them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only true religion where the One that is worshiped is “Alive!”
Verse 8 – So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
Verse 9 – And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them saying, “Rejoice!” And they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.
Try to imagine what it must have felt like to see Jesus alive again. They knew what kind of horrible death He had endured, but yet, here He was in front of them. Jesus can place a joy on the inside like nothing or no one else ever can.
Verse 10 – Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
Jesus said for them to go tell His “brethren,” not His disciples. This is a term of endearment. The fact that they had all deserted Him was all in the past.
Verse 11 – Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened.
Verse 12 – When they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
Verse 13 – saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’
How absurd! First of all, would so many soldiers be found asleep all at once? Second; if a Roman soldier was found sleeping at his post, it would be certain death. Third, would they be so sound asleep as to not wake up when the stone was rolled away and the body taken? Fourth; if the solders were asleep, how did they know it was the disciples that took the body?
Verse 14 – “And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.”
Will some take money to deny Christ? Yes they will. They may start out with Him, but after fame and fortune comes, they can’t remember His name.
Verse 15 – So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
This was not only true and happening then, it still happens today. People deny that Jesus is the Son of God and that He never rose from the grave, because if they believed it, they would be saved!
Verse 16 – Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.
Verse 17 – And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
Thomas doubted at first, so they all didn’t believe at the same time.
The Great Commission
Verse 18 – Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth.
Verse 19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Verse 20 – “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen
We as Christians have one assignment that includes all Jesus teachings. We are to become disciples and then make disciples. We learn what it means to be a disciple first, and you can’t become one if you never reads God’s word. If someone doesn’t know God’s word how are they going to teach another?