Mark 16

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The Resurrection

1 When the Sabbath was past, 1Mary Magdalene and 2Mary the mother of James and 3Salome 4bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.
3 And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away 5the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?"
4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back--6it was very large.
5 And 7entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, 8dressed in 9a white robe, and 10they were alarmed.
6 And he said to them, 11"Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, 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 that 12he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, 13just as he told you."
8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

9 [[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, 14he appeared first to 15Mary Magdalene, 16from whom he had cast out seven demons.
10 17She went and told those who had been with him, 18as they 19mourned and wept.
11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they 20would not believe it.

Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

12 21After these things 22he appeared in 23another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country.
13 24And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

The Great Commission

14 Afterward 25he appeared 26to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their 27unbelief and 28hardness of heart, because 29they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.
15 And he said to them, 30"Go into all the world and 31proclaim the gospel to 32the whole creation.
16 33Whoever believes and is 34baptized 35will be saved, but 36whoever 37does not believe will be condemned.
17 And 38these signs will accompany those who believe: 39in my name they will cast out demons; 40they will speak in new tongues;
18 41they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; 42they will lay their hands 43on the sick, and they will recover."
19 So then the Lord Jesus, 44after he had spoken to them, 45was taken up into heaven and 46sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while 47the Lord worked with them and confirmed 48the message 49by accompanying signs.]]

Mark 16 Commentary

Chapter 16

Christ's resurrection made known the women. (1-8) Christ appears to Mary Magdalene and other disciples. (9-13) His commission to the apostles. (14-18) Christ's ascension. (19,20)

Verses 1-8 Nicodemus brought a large quantity of spices, but these good women did not think that enough. The respect others show to Christ, should not hinder us from showing our respect. And those who are carried by holy zeal, to seek Christ diligently, will find the difficulties in their way speedily vanish. When we put ourselves to trouble and expense, from love to Christ, we shall be accepted, though our endeavours are not successful. The sight of the angel might justly have encouraged them, but they were affrighted. Thus many times that which should be matter of comfort to us, through our own mistake, proves a terror to us. He was crucified, but he is glorified. He is risen, he is not here, not dead, but alive again; hereafter you will see him, but you may here see the place where he was laid. Thus seasonable comforts will be sent to those that lament after the Lord Jesus. Peter is particularly named, Tell Peter; it will be most welcome to him, for he is in sorrow for sin. A sight of Christ will be very welcome to a true penitent, and a true penitent is very welcome to a sight of Christ. The men ran with all the haste they could to the disciples; but disquieting fears often hinder us from doing that service to Christ and to the souls of men, which, if faith and the joy of faith were strong, we might do.

Verses 9-13 Better news cannot be brought to disciples in tears, than to tell them of Christ's resurrection. And we should study to comfort disciples that are mourners, by telling them whatever we have seen of Christ. It was a wise providence that the proofs of Christ's resurrection were given gradually, and admitted cautiously, that the assurance with which the apostles preached this doctrine afterwards might the more satisfy. Yet how slowly do we admit the consolations which the word of God holds forth! Therefore while Christ comforts his people, he often sees it needful to rebuke and correct them for hardness of heart in distrusting his promise, as well as in not obeying his holy precepts.

Verses 14-18 The evidences of the truth of the gospel are so full, that those who receive it not, may justly be upbraided with their unbelief. Our blessed Lord renewed his choice of the eleven as his apostles, and commissioned them to go into all the world, to preach his gospel to every creature. Only he that is a true Christian shall be saved through Christ. Simon Magus professed to believe, and was baptized, yet he was declared to be in the bonds of iniquity: see his history in ( Acts 8:13-25 ) . Doubtless this is a solemn declaration of that true faith which receives Christ in all his characters and offices, and for all the purposes of salvation, and which produces its right effect on the heart and life; not a mere assent, which is a dead faith, and cannot profit. The commission of Christ's ministers extends to every creature throughout the world, and the declarations of the gospel contain not only truths, encouragements, and precepts, but also most awful warnings. Observe what power the apostles should be endued with, for confirming the doctrine they were to preach. These were miracles to confirm the truth of the gospel, and means of spreading the gospel among nations that had not heard it.

Verses 19-20 After the Lord had spoken he went up into heaven. Sitting is a posture of rest, he had finished his work; and a posture of rule, he took possession of his kingdom. He sat at the right hand of God, which denotes his sovereign dignity and universal power. Whatever God does concerning us, gives to us, or accepts from us, it is by his Son. Now he is glorified with the glory he had before the world. The apostles went forth, and preached every where, far and near. Though the doctrine they preached was spiritual and heavenly, and directly contrary to the spirit and temper of the world; though it met with much opposition, and was wholly destitute of all worldly supports and advantages; yet in a few years the sound went forth unto the ends of the earth. Christ's ministers do not now need to work miracles to prove their message; the Scriptures are proved to be of Divine origin, and this renders those without excuse who reject or neglect them. The effects of the gospel, when faithfully preached, and truly believed, in changing the tempers and characters of mankind, form a constant proof, a miraculous proof, that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, of all who believe.

Cross References 49

  • 1. Mark 15:40
  • 2. Mark 15:40
  • 3. [See Mark 15:40 above]
  • 4. Luke 23:56; [John 19:39, 40]
  • 5. Mark 15:46
  • 6. Matthew 27:60
  • 7. [John 20:11, 12]
  • 8. [Mark 9:3; Daniel 7:9; John 20:12; Acts 1:10]
  • 9. Revelation 6:11; Revelation 7:9
  • 10. Mark 9:15(Gk.)
  • 11. [See ver. 5 above]
  • 12. Mark 14:28
  • 13. Mark 14:28
  • 14. John 20:14; [Matthew 28:9]
  • 15. Luke 8:2
  • 16. Luke 8:2
  • 17. John 20:18; [Matthew 28:10; Luke 24:10]
  • 18. John 16:20
  • 19. Luke 6:25
  • 20. Luke 24:11; [ver. 16]
  • 21. Luke 24:13-31
  • 22. ver. 14; [John 21:1, 14]
  • 23. Luke 9:29(Gk.)
  • 24. Luke 24:33-35
  • 25. [See ver. 12 above]
  • 26. Luke 24:36; 1 Corinthians 15:5
  • 27. [Luke 24:41]
  • 28. See Mark 10:5
  • 29. ver. 11, 13
  • 30. Matthew 28:19
  • 31. Colossians 1:23; [Mark 13:10; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:18]
  • 32. Romans 8:22
  • 33. [John 3:18]
  • 34. John 3:5
  • 35. Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9; 1 Peter 3:21
  • 36. ver. 11; Luke 24:11, 41; Acts 28:24; 1 Peter 2:7; [2 Thessalonians 2:12]
  • 37. [John 3:18]
  • 38. [Mark 11:23]
  • 39. Acts 5:16; Acts 8:7; Acts 16:18; Acts 19:12; See Mark 9:38
  • 40. Acts 2:4; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6; 1 Cor. 12:10, 28, 30; 1 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Corinthians 14:2, 4
  • 41. Luke 10:19; Acts 28:3-5
  • 42. See Mark 5:23
  • 43. Acts 5:15, 16; Acts 8:7; Acts 9:12, 17; Acts 28:8; James 5:14, 15; [John 14:12]
  • 44. Acts 1:3
  • 45. Luke 9:51; Luke 24:51; John 6:62; Acts 1:2; 1 Timothy 3:16; [John 20:17; Ephesians 4:8-10; Hebrews 4:14]
  • 46. Acts 7:55, 56; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 10:12; Hebrews 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22; Revelation 3:21; See Matthew 22:44; Acts 2:33
  • 47. Hebrews 2:3, 4; See 1 Corinthians 3:9
  • 48. See Mark 4:14
  • 49. See Acts 5:12

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