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Frameworks: Mark's Gospel chapter 16


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)




v.1-8 Jesus Has Risen


v.1 (‘the women' go to anoint Jesus' body) When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body.  

v.2,3 (they wonder about it) Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb   and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

v.4 (yet the stone has been rolled away) But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.  

v.5 (in the cave they encounter an angel) As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

v.6 (he reassures them) “Don't be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.  

v.7 (he instructs them to tell the disciples) But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'”

v.8 (they leave) Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.



v.9-20 Postscript


[The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20.]


v.9  (a summary – Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene) When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.  

v.10  (she told the others) She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping.  

v.11  (they struggled to believe her) When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

v.12  (yet Jesus appeared to two others [on road to Emmaus – Lk 24:13-]) Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country.  

v.13 (who told the others who still struggled to believe) These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

v.14 (Jesus then appeared to the eleven) Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

v.15 (he instructed them to tell the world) He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  

v.16 (belief will bring salvation) Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  

v.17,18 (miraculous signs will accompany the believers) And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

v.19 (after this Jesus ascended into heaven) After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.  

v.20 (then the disciples obeyed and the Lord confirmed it by signs and wonders) Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.


(Note: although these latter verses don't appear in some ancient manuscripts they do record the same things as found elsewhere in the New Testament)