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  • Writer's picturePastor Tony Pierce



Mark and Luke both end with the ascension of Jesus. Matthew ends with the great commission, and John ends with the statement that there were so many more things that Jesus did and taught.

Our reading today is about three events that happened after the crucifixion of Jesus. The first is the Resurrection. John makes it clear that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week…that would be Sunday. Those who went to the tomb of Jesus were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome. These women came to the tomb to anoint and prepare Jesus body to rest in the grave. On a side note, it was the women who were there at the cross…and it is the women who were first there on the Sunday after the crucifixion to take care of Jesus’ body. God bless our godly women! These ladies were concerned about how to get into the tomb, for the stone would have been too heavy for them to move. But, when they got there they found the stone had already rolled away…and they entered the tomb to find an angel, who told them that Jesus had risen, and that they were to go and tell the Lord’s disciples.

The second event recorded by Mark are the appearances of Jesus after His crucifixion and Resurrection. Mary Magdalene, who Jesus had cast out demons, was the first one Jesus appeared to. When she told the followers of Jesus that He had appeared to her, they would not believe her. Then Jesus appeared to two other people as they walked on the road…but when they shared about this, they were not believed either. Next Jesus appeared to His eleven disciples and He rebuked them because of their unbelief. Then He commissioned them to carry on the ministry of the Gospel. Finally, Mark records for us the Ascension of Jesus. After Jesus had spoken to His disciples He was received up into heaven, where He sat down at the right hand of God. The disciples began their work of sharing the Gospel everywhere they went…it became their passion…it was the reason they lived…and ultimately it would be the reason they died.

Please share your thoughts from today’s reading.


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