The Resurrection of Jesus
1-2On the first day of the week, as the Sabbath was ending, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jacob, and Salome made their way to the tomb. It was very early in the morning as the first streaks of light were beginning to be seen in the sky. They had purchased aromatic embalming spices so that they might anoint his body. 3And they had been asking one another, “Who can roll away the heavy stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4But when they arrived, they discovered that the very large stone was already rolled away! 5And as they stepped into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right, dressed in a long white robe. The women were startled and amazed. 6But the angel # 16:6 See Matt. 28:2. said to them, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you’re here looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here—he has risen victoriously! Look! See the place where they laid him. 7Run and tell his disciples, even Peter, that he is risen. He has gone ahead of you into Galilee and you will see him there, just like he told you.”
8They staggered out of the tomb, awestruck, # 16:8 Or “trembling” (with astonishment). with their minds swirling. They ran to tell the disciples, but they were so afraid and amazed, they said nothing to anyone. # 16:8 Some early manuscripts of Mark do not include vv. 9–20. They are found in the Aramaic. A shorter ending to Mark found in a few manuscripts reads, “They reported briefly to those around Peter all that they had been commanded. After these things, Jesus himself commissioned them to take the message from the east to the west—the holy and imperishable preaching of eternal salvation. Amen.”
Jesus Appears to Some of His Followers
9Early on the first day of the week, after rising from the dead, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10After she had seen Jesus, she ran to tell his disciples, who were all emotionally devastated and weeping. 11Excitedly, Mary told them, “He’s alive and I’ve seen him!” But even after hearing this, they didn’t believe her.
12After this, Jesus appeared to two of the disciples, who were on their way to another village, # 16:12 Or “to the country.” See Luke 24:13–35. appearing in a form they did not recognize. 13They went back to Jerusalem to tell the rest of the disciples, but they didn’t believe it was true.
14Then Jesus appeared # 16:14 Or “manifested” or “became visible” (in clear light). before the eleven apostles as they were eating a meal. He corrected them for having such hard, unbelieving hearts because they did not believe those who saw him after his resurrection.
15And he said to them, “As you go into all the world, preach openly the wonderful news of the gospel to the entire human race! 16Whoever believes the good news and is baptized will be saved, and whoever does not believe the good news will be condemned. 17And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe: They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. 18They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. # 16:18 Or “They will pick up snakes and be unharmed, and whatever poison they drink will not hurt them.” Some scholars believe that this sentence contains two Aramaic idioms. To pick up snakes could be a picture of overcoming one’s enemies (“snakes”), and drinking poison may be speaking of dealing with attacks on one’s character (poisonous words). The imagery is from Ps. 91:13. And they will lay hands on the sick and heal them.”
19After saying these things, Jesus was lifted up into heaven and sat down at the place of honor at the right hand of God! # 16:19 The Greek is literally “out of the right-sidednesses [plural] of God.” 20And the apostles went out announcing the good news everywhere, as the Lord himself consistently worked with them, validating the message they preached with miracle-signs that accompanied them!