Mark 16:1-8 | The Resurrection of Jesus
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
So when we face those cliff hangers in the world – places where we say, “O God, what’s next, or it can’t get any worse”– we say this – Christ is Risen. And God is at work to write the ending to this story through resurrection. The world is being renewed each and every day in big ways and small ways as God is now loosed in the world to bring about new life.
Which is why Mark wrote the gospel in this way – so that we might keep coming back, year and after year, wanting more – more life, more resurrection, more hope, more assurance that God finishes the story with love and not fear.
For we know how this story ends – it ends with you and me and the amazing power of God to the impossible – in surprising ways. And this is no April Fool’s Joke – for Christ is Risen. He has Risen indeed – Alleluia.