April 4, 2021


Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Mark 16:1-8
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Unless something has been lost, this is the original ending of Mark’s gospel.  Why did he end with the women confused and terrified.  To me this is probably the best account for showing how the early disciples felt that first Easter morning.  The man they believed was the Messiah had been put to a traitor’s death by the Romans.  His followers might face the same fate.  Now the body is missing.  And an angel says he isn’t really dead.  How would you react?  Of course from the gospels we know that Mary Magdalene at least did go to the male disciples, but they disbelieved, though Peter and John at least went to the tomb and found it empty.  Now they were just puzzled.  Paul tells us that Jesus then appeared to more and more people, and it finally began to soak in Jesus had been raised from the dead.