Verse 1 – Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James; and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
Verse 2 – Very early in the morning , on the first day of the week (Sunday), they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
Verse 3 – And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”
The timing of 3 days had always confused me because it wasn’t 3 full days, only 2 and one half. I just couldn’t get it to add up. But if you count Friday, as one, Saturday, as two, Jesus rose on the third day, Sunday. We have to remember that Sunday, to the Jews, was their first day of the week, not Monday, as ours is. I always counted Friday night to Saturday night as one because that is how their Sabbath is, and from Saturday night to Sunday night is only two. But Jesus died before 6:00 pm, so Friday, one, Saturday, two, and the third day Sunday.
Verse 4 – But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away – for it was very large.
Verse 5 – And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
The white robe, indicates a heavenly spiritual being. Luke tells that there were two angels, but Mark emphasized on the one that spoke.
Verse 6 – But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
Verse 7 – “But go and tell the disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”
Why do you think that the angel specifically said, “and Peter?” Because, it was a special comfort for Peter, knowing how he was feeling after denying Christ.
Verse 8 – And they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
The Appearance of Jesus
Verse 9 – Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He cast seven demons.
Verse 10 – She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.
Verse 11 – And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
Did Jesus not tell them all, that He would rise on the third day? He had told them more than once, but how could they believe this woman? I think that was their real problem. The message was delivered by a woman. Sad.
Verse 12 – After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country.
Verse 13 – And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.
Verse 14 – Afterward He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
Verse 15 – And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Verse 16 – He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Verse 17 – “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
Verse 18 – “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.
These things that Jesus says will follow those who believe was not just temporary, as some suggest. The taking up serpents and drinking anything deadly, was not a saying we are to put ourselves intentionally in harm’s way. Or taking them and making an entire religion from them!
Jesus is simply, saying: For those who believe, they will be able to do as He did for the good of the person.
Verse 19 – So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
Verse 20 – And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen
It is not enough to read about Christ, you must believe He is God. This is the difference between knowing Jesus and knowing about Him. Only when you know Him, trust Him, and love Him, will you be motivated to share with others what He has done! Signs will follow those who believe! There must be evidence of what is being preached.