Dr. Roberto Miranda
SUMMARY: The passage in Mark 16 highlights the failure of Jesus' disciples to fully comprehend and honor the glory of his resurrection. Despite witnessing his miracles and teachings, they were demoralized and filled with doubts and unbelief. This is exemplified by the women who were too afraid to share the news of Jesus' resurrection, and the disciples who did not believe until they saw him in person. This passage reminds us of the human frailty and failure that exists even in the midst of God's glory and mercy.
Human nature is flawed and we are all in need of God's mercy and grace. God often chooses those who are humble and undeserving to be a part of his great movements in history. In the Old Testament, God chose the Jews, a people known for their rebelliousness and disbelief, and yet he still chose them to be his people. Similarly, Jesus rebuked his disciples for their lack of faith and disbelief, but he still commissioned them to go and preach the good news to all creation. This shows that God is not about performance, but about a humble and contrite heart that is open to his grace and mercy. God is willing to empower and endow us with all that we need to carry out his mission, even if we have shown that we are inadequate.
The resurrection of Jesus is a message of empowerment and commissioning for believers. It is a reminder that we cannot accomplish anything worthy of God on our own, but it is through His power and grace that we can live a holy life and do His will. We do not need to carry the burden, but simply allow God to work through us. We should be grateful that God has chosen us, even though we may not be wise or influential in the eyes of the world. We should boast in the Lord and live in His grace, not abusing it but honoring it by doing our best and trembling at the thought of offending God. Overall, the resurrection is a message of relief, peace, and celebration of God's goodness and grace.
Mark 16 reads: “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. 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?
But when they looked up they saw that the stone which was very large had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb they saw a young man dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed’, he said, ‘you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He’s going ahead of you into Galilee’. There you will see him just as he told you. Trembling and bewildered the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.