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1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.

13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Commentary for Mark 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)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.

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.

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 #Ac 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.

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Mark 16

  • Anne
    Suzanne: remember Job 13:15 'Though He slay me, yet will I trust him....he also shall be my salvation.' continue to trust in God for he says in Is.41 'Fear not for I am with thee, be not dismayed for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee; yea I wil uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness'. Do not give up. He is with you. I am praying for you.
  • Bruce
    Suzanne: If You Need Peace, Ask The Lord for His Help. When You Feel HIM Tugging on Your Heart Ask Forgiveness(John 6:44) He Will Wash You in His Blood(Revelation 1:5) You Will be Baptize with The Holy Ghost(Mark 1:8) If Anyone be in Christ, He is a New Creature---All Things Will Become New(2Corinthians 5:17)You Will be Changed. You will Know Impossible not to. Satan will not be Happy.
  • Bruce
    We are Living in a Dying World. Yes, Satan is Still Prince. He Will Cause Trouble and More so as The End Draws Near. Most of Us will die for One Reason or Another. There was 9 of Us, now 4. My Son 42 Yrs.Old died Thanksgiving Day 2012. My Wife died Dec.11, 2013. My Peace Comes From The One Who Lives in Me. The Day is Coming When We will be Call, to be with Him For All Eternity
  • Suzanne
    is satan still the prince of the powers of the air and does he still go into heaven and accuse us like he did Job even after Jesus rose from the grave ? Can Satan still do anything he wants to us who are saved ? My daughter and I have been under an onslaught from Satan .I just loost my husband ,mother father a very good friend and now I have had to put my aunt into Hospice and is depressed and losing hope of living there is no one left except my older sister and 1 aunt and uncle . My daughter just lost her dad of course and now her husband of 46 years is dying of a rare disease , so rare that the medical group doesn't even do reashearch on and they have 4 children. we need prayer and the truth about Satan and what he can still do to us ,please ! I am Suzanne McDermott and my daughter is Lori E.
  • Steve morrow
    MARK 16:17 and these signs shall follow them that believe in MY name they shall cast out devils they shall speak with new tongues PSALM 120:2 DELIVER MY SOUL O LORD FROM LYING LIPS AND FROM A DECEITFUL TONGUE PSALM 12:3 THE LORD shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaketh proud things --12:4-- who have said with our tongue will we prevail our lips are our own who is lord over us
  • Titilayo
    Like the disciples when we are going thru difficult times we tend to continue in unbelief even when the stone has been rolled away bcos we cannot see beyond the challenge.
  • Dewey J
    Short, the verse of the day for June 4, 2017 is Mark 16:4 "And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very heavy ". Glory be to God in the highest!
  • Steve morrow
    MARK 16:16 HE THAT BELIEVETH --AND IS BAPTIZED--SHALL BE SAVED BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT SHALL BE DAMNED *** MARK 8:35 FOR WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT BUT WHOSOEVER SHALL LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE --AND THE GOSPELS--THE SAME SHALL SAVE IT

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After Jesus's resurrection to whom did he first appear?
  • Mary
  • James
  • Mary Magdalene
  • Peter