Mark 16

1 And when the sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, and Mary of James, and Salome bought sweet smelling ointments, to come and to anoint Jesus [that they coming should anoint Jesus].
2 And full early in one of the week days, they came to the sepulchre, when the sun was risen.
3 And they said together, Who shall move away to us the stone from the door of the sepulchre? [And they said together, Who shall turn away to us the stone from the door of the sepulchre?]
4 And they beheld, and saw the stone wallowed away, for it was full great.
5 And they went into the sepulchre, and saw a youngling, covered with a white stole, sitting at the right half; and they were afeared. [+And they entering into the sepulchre, saw a young one, covered with a white stole, sitting on the right half; and they were astonished/and they were abashed, or greatly afeared.]
6 Which saith to them, Do not ye dread; ye seek Jesus of Nazareth crucified; he is risen, he is not here; lo! the place where they laid him.
7 But go ye, and say to his disciples, and to Peter, that he shall go before you into Galilee; there ye shall see him, as he said to you.
8 And they went out, and fled from the sepulchre; for dread and quaking had assailed them [for trembling and dread had assailed them], and to no man they said any thing, for they dreaded.
9 And Jesus rose early the first day of the week, and appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven devils [of whom he had cast out seven devils].
10 And she went, and told to them that had been with him, which were wailing and weeping. [She going told to them mourning and weeping, that were with him.]
11 And they hearing that he lived, and was seen of her, believed not.
12 But after these things when twain of them wandered, he was showed in another likeness to them going into a town. [+Forsooth after these things, he was showed in another likeness, or figure, to twain of them walking and going into a town.]
13 And they went, and told to the others, and neither they believed to them. [And they going told to others, neither they believed to them.]
14 But after at the last, when the eleven sat at the meat, Jesus appeared to them, and reproved the unbelief of them, and the hardness of heart, for they believed not to them, that had seen that he was risen from death [for they believed not to these, that had seen him to have risen from dead].
15 And he said to them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to each creature.
16 Who that believeth, and is baptized, shall be safe; but he that believeth not, shall be condemned. [+He that shall believe, and shall be baptized, or christened, shall be saved; soothly he that shall not believe, shall be damned.]
17 And these tokens shall follow them [Forsooth these signs shall follow them], that believe. In my name they shall cast out fiends; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 they shall do away serpents; and if they drink any venom, it shall not harm them. They shall set their hands on sick men, and they shall wax whole. [+they shall do away serpents; and if they shall drink any venom, or deadly thing, it shall not harm them. They shall put their hands upon sick men, and they shall have them well/and they shall have well.]
19 And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and he sitteth on the right half of God [and sitteth on the right half of God].
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, for the Lord wrought with them, and confirmed the word with signs following. [Soothly they gone forth preached every where, the Lord working with, and confirming the word with signs following.]

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.

Mark 16 Commentaries

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