When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. 3 They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. (And it was a very large stone!) 5 Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled. 6 But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. 7 Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” 8 Overcome with terror and dread, they fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. (Mark 16:1-8, CEB)
Is this really the ending to the gospel of Mark? I mean seriously, it is Easter Morning, we know Jesus is alive and the tomb doesn’t hold him, but the women overcome with terror and dread fled the tomb and said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.
Now someone else thought this was a lousy ending to Mark too, and so they added verse 9 – 19 to the sixteenth chapter of Mark. They didn’t like the way Mark ended this. But if honestly the women went away and told nothing to anyone how do we know what happened?
Well it is all in the Gospel of Mark, which is not a complete story, but the beginning, like Mark says in verse 1:1 “The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Son,”
The gospel of Mark is merely the beginning of the good news, not the end all be all of the completion of the good news.
Mark starts the story that is still going. Jesus is still working and showing us God’s love every day!.
So go, but not in fear and terror, but in love and share the great news that Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah!
Love People, Love God.