Mark 16 “Resurrection Reactions”


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The wonder of the Resurrection is often overshadowed by our familiarity with the narrative of that early Sunday morning.  We know the story and how it turned out and so we read right over the emotions and reactions of the women at the tomb.  When we do this, the Easter narrative becomes just another story in our religion. But… the Easter narrative is not just another story, it is THE STORY of Christianity.  

Christianity without the resurrection is not like a book where the last chapter is ripped out, the Christian faith without the resurrection of Jesus is literally nothing.  1 Corinthians 15 says, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith… if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins… but Christ has been raised…”  The Resurrection of Jesus is everything in our faith, and it changes everything in this world!

Questions to take home:

  1. The stone is a big part of the Easter narrative, a massive barrier between the women and Jesus.  Are there things in your life that you see as a barrier between you and your relationship with Jesus Christ?  How does the truth of God’s work here speak to that?
  2. Why do you think that the women in Mark’s account of the Resurrection left in fear?  Have you ever experienced fear when you are talking about Jesus? Where do you think that comes from?
  3. What is one thing that stands out to you in the narrative of the Ressurection, either here or in the other Gospels?  How does it impact your faith? How does it impact how you live?