You Seek Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 16:1-8) Commentary

 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb  Many people still search for Jesus in a tomb, but do not find him. Christ was resurrected! To search for him as anything else is futile. Only false gods are dead. Seek instead the true living God, above all else.  and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”  The stone was too large for the women to move. Instead of worrying about our trials we should be  praying about them. Many obstacles are thrown in front of those who seek Christ, by unbelievers and the enemy, to discourage us from our pursuit. Give these troubles to God, and let him guide you past them.

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. To reveal that Jesus was not there; to show he had risen. The Lord may put us on a particular path that he may reveal to us his glory.  As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.  At the presence of the angel.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene,  who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. The women were expecting to find the body of Jesus. There is no death in Jesus, we find life in Christ. See the place where they laid him. Witness for yourselves, His victory over death and sin!

 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.  The evil one utilizes fear to keep us from speaking the name of Jesus. Let your fear drive you to the Lord, not withhold you from him. The disciples by themselves were fearful, but they were given courage by the Holy Spirit, and were able to preach boldly- even in the face of death.

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. Tell Peter, tell him especially, because his heart grieves over his denial of Jesus. The Lord wants none of us to suffer in our sin, He offers us repentance, He offers to bear our burdens.  We will see Christ again, as he told us; he will return.

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