Mark 16: Resurrection of Jesus

If the women saw Joseph lay Jesus to rest in the tomb, with spices, why did they buy spices on Saturday night?

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Mark 16:1–3 After sundown, as soon as the Sabbath had ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought the sweet-smelling spices they needed to anoint Jesus’ body.
At the break of dawn on Sunday, the first day of the week, they headed to the tomb but said to one another, “Who will roll away the stone so we can enter?”
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Mark 16:1–3 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. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

Why did the women head to the tomb without knowing how they would remove the stone covering the tomb?

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Mark 16:2–3 At the break of dawn on Sunday, the first day of the week, they headed to the tomb but said to one another, “Who will roll away the stone so we can enter?”
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Mark 16:2–3 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

What were the women’s first thoughts when they saw the stone rolled back from Jesus’ tomb? How did they react when they saw the stranger inside?

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Mark 16:4–5 When they arrived, they saw that the huge stone had already been rolled back. Inside the tomb, they were frightened by the sight of a young man dressed in white, sitting on the right.
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Mark 16:4–5 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. 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.

What did the women see in the place where Joseph had laid Jesus’ body?

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Mark 16:6 “Do not be afraid,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here, because he has risen. Come and see where his body was.”
John 20:6–7 When Peter arrived, he went in and saw the linen cloth. The piece that had been around Jesus’ head was folded in place, separate from the other linen.
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Mark 16:6 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.
John 20:6–7 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

How well did the women understand what the man meant when he said Jesus had risen?

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Mark 16:6–8 “Do not be afraid,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here, because he has risen. Come and see where his body was. Go tell his disciples, including Peter, that he will go before you, and you will see him in Galilee as he said you would.”
With fear and amazement, they ran from the tomb and spoke to no one along the way, because they were afraid.
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Mark 16:6–8 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. 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. 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.

If Jesus appeared to all the women as they returned from the tomb, how could Mary Magdalene be “the first to see Jesus”?

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Matthew 28:9 As they left, Jesus met and greeted them. They fell at his feet, reached out, and worshiped him.
Mark 16:9–11 Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom Jesus had cast out seven evil spirits, was the first to see Jesus after he rose from the dead on the first day of the week. She went to tell his disciples who grieved and wept. She told them he was alive, that she had seen him. They did not believe her.
John 20:2 She ran to find Simon Peter and John. “They have stolen Jesus from the tomb,” she said, “and we do not know where they have put him.”
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Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Mark 16:9–11 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. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
John 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

Why couldn’t the disciples believe the reports that Jesus was alive?

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Mark 16:11–13 She told them he was alive, that she had seen him. They did not believe her.
Later, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of his disciples as they walked from Jerusalem into the country.
They went back and told the others. But no one believed them.
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Mark 16:11–13 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

How can Mark’s report of Jesus appearing to eleven disciples be true when John tells us that Thomas wasn’t there?

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Mark 16:14 Later, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples while they were eating. He rebuked them for their lack of faith and their rejection of those who had seen him after he had risen.
John 20:24 Thomas, one of the twelve, who was called the Twin, was not with the rest of them when Jesus came.
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Mark 16:14 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.
John 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

How did the disciples feel about Jesus’ command to “go into all the world”?

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Mark 16:15–18 Jesus told them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to everyone. Those who believe and are baptized will be saved, but those who do not believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will follow those who believe: Under my direction and authority, they will cast out evil spirits, and they will speak in new languages. If they pick up serpents or drink something poisonous, they will not be harmed. They will place their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
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Mark 16:15–18 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 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.

How could Mark know where Jesus went after his ascension?

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Mark 16:19 After Jesus had finished speaking, he was taken up into Heaven, where he sat at the right hand of God.
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Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

What motivated the disciples to “preach the good news everywhere?

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Mark 16:20 The disciples preached the good news everywhere. God was with them and confirmed their message with miraculous signs.
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Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.