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Mark - Chapter 16

Bible Study Notes
Mark 16:1-8 Early Sunday morning after the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Younger (One of the Apostles), and Salome (The mother of the Apostles James and John), bought spices to anoint Jesus’ body. When they arrived at the tomb, the stone was rolled away. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man (an angel) sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were afraid. The man told the women not to fear for Jesus has risen from the dead. He told them women to tell the the disciples, especially Peter that Jesus would meet them in Galilee. The women fled from the tomb for they were still very afraid.

Notes: Galilee again served as a place of preparation. Jesus thus avoided the possibility that the disciples might hold false expectations of a political, messianic kingdom in Jerusalem. Peter was not singled out as the leader of the disciples, but to be reassured that, despite his denials of Christ, he was still one of them.

Mark 16:9-20 While Mary was on her way to see the disciples, she saw Jesus. Mary continued on and told the disciples everything who were mourning and crying over Jesus’ death. The disciples refused to believe Mary’s story. Jesus later appeared in a disguised form to two men on the road to Emmaus (In the book of Acts). They went and told the disciples, but the disciples still refused to believe. Jesus eventually appeared to the eleven who were in hiding and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart. Jesus told them to go out and proclaim the good news to everyone. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. All others will be condemned. You can tell those that truly believe, for they will be able to cast out demons and speak in new tongues. They will pick up serpents and not get pit, drink poison and not get sick, and lay their hands on the sick and they will recover. Jesus was then taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. The disciples went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked through them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

Notes: This longer ending is missing from various old and reliable Greek manuscripts. Many think this shows vv. 9–20 to be a later addition. In summary, vv. 9–20 should be read with caution.

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