Mark's Gospel chapter 16
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)
Jesus Has Risen
(‘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
(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?”
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.'”
(they leave) Trembling
and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They
said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have
(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.
(she told the others) She
went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning
(they struggled to believe her) When
they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they
did not believe it.
(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.
(who told the others who still struggled to believe)
These returned and reported it to
the rest; but they did not believe them either.
(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.
(he instructed them to tell the world) He
said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to
(belief will bring salvation) Whoever
believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe
will be condemned.
(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.”
(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.
(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
although these latter verses don't appear in some ancient manuscripts
they do record the same things as found elsewhere in the New Testament)