Mark 16

The Resurrection

1 1When the Sabbath was over, 2Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, 3bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him.
2 Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
3 They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away 4the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?"
4 Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.
5 5Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they 6were amazed.
6 And he said to them, "7Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the 8Nazarene, who has been crucified. 9He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.
7 "But go, tell His disciples and Peter, '10He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.' "
8 They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
9 [Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to 11Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.
10 12She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping.
11 When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, 13they refused to believe it.
12 After that, 14He appeared in a different form 15to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.
13 They went away and reported it to the others, but they 16did not believe them either.

The Disciples Commissioned

14 Afterward 17He appeared 18to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their 19unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.
15 And He said to them, "20Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
16 "21He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
17 "These signs will accompany those who have believed: 22in My name they will cast out demons, they will 23speak with new tongues;
18 they will 24pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will 25lay hands on the sick, and they will recover *."
19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had 26spoken to them, He 27was received up into heaven and 28sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.] [And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. ]

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 28

  • 1. Mark 16:1-8: {Matthew 28:1-8; Luke 24:1-10;} John 20:1-8
  • 2. Mark 15:47
  • 3. Luke 23:56; John 19:39
  • 4. Matthew 27:60; Mark 15:46; Mark 16:4
  • 5. John 20:11, 12
  • 6. Mark 9:15
  • 7. Mark 9:15
  • 8. Mark 1:24
  • 9. Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:6
  • 10. Matthew 26:32; Mark 14:28
  • 11. Matthew 27:56; John 20:14
  • 12. John 20:18
  • 13. Matthew 28:17; Mark 16:13, 14; Luke 24:11, 41; John 20:25
  • 14. Mark 16:14; John 21:1, 14
  • 15. Luke 24:13-35
  • 16. Matthew 28:17; Mark 16:11, 14; Luke 24:11, 41; John 20:25
  • 17. Mark 16:12; John 21:1, 14
  • 18. Luke 24:36; John 20:19, 26; 1 Corinthians 15:5
  • 19. Matthew 28:17; Mark 16:11, 13; Luke 24:11, 41; John 20:25
  • 20. Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8
  • 21. John 3:18, 36; Acts 16:31
  • 22. Mark 9:38; Luke 10:17; Acts 5:16; Acts 8:7; Acts 16:18; Acts 19:12
  • 23. Acts 2:4; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6; 1 Cor 12:10, 28, 30; 1 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Corinthians 14:2
  • 24. Luke 10:19; Acts 28:3-5
  • 25. Mark 5:23
  • 26. Acts 1:3
  • 27. Luke 9:51; Luke 24:51; John 6:62; John 20:17; Acts 1:2, 9-11; 1 Timothy 3:16
  • 28. Psalms 110:1; Luke 22:69; Acts 7:55; 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

Footnotes 6

  • [a]. Or "Jacob"
  • [b]. Lit "for"
  • [c]. Later mss add vv 9-20
  • [d]. Or "attesting miracles"
  • [e]. Or "attesting miracles"
  • [f]. A few late mss and versions contain this paragraph, usually after v 8; a few have it at the end of ch

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