What does it say?
A group of women arrive at the tomb at dawn to ceremoniously anoint the dead body of Jesus when an angel informs them of the resurrection. Rushing to inform the others, the risen Jesus appears to them and with instructions to tell the apostles to meet him in Galilee. When the religious leaders receive the news they immediately bribe the guards to say that his disciples stole the body. The eleven disciples meet Jesus in Galilee and he gives them what we call the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (ethnicities), baptizing them and teaching them to obey the commandments that Jesus taught.
Mark 16 is likewise Mark’s account of the resurrection. Though focusing on differing aspects of the story, Mark also tells of the women who discover the resurrection and his commissioning of the disciples to make the Good News accessible to everyone.
What does it mean?
Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ there is no Gospel, no Christianity and no hope. As we soon begin reading the rest of the New Testament, we will repeatedly see the writers center their theology and teaching on the resurrection. Not only does Christ’s resurrection spell his victory over sin and death and verify his identity as God in human form, it is the source of our eternal life. It is because he lives that we live.
The resurrection also is the basis for our purpose and mission in life. Fittingly, Matthew, the most Jewish of the gospels, concludes with the message that the Gospel is open to people of all nations everywhere.
How will I respond?
Seeing that the Gospel centers on the finished work of Jesus Christ and is the source of my own personal transformation and new life, I will ask God today to allow me the opportunity to naturally tell the Gospel story to someone that he has placed in my life this week. I will ask him to make it clear to me with whom I should share my story, and I know that he will just as surely as he fulfilled all the Old Testament predictions of Jesus Christ.