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Exposition of Mark Chapter Sixteen

Exposition of Mark Chapter Sixteen

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EXPOSITIO OF MARK CHAPTER SIXTEEBy JOH BIRD SUMER, D.D.LECTURE XCV.THE RESURRECTIO.MARK xvi. 1 8.1. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene,and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had boughtsweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.2. And very early in the morning, the first day of theweek, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.3. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll usaway the stone from the door of the sepulchre^These faithful women, we were before told, hadfollowed, and seen where the body of Jesus waslaid : and having formed their purpose, " returnedfrom the sepulchre, and prepared spices and oint-ment, and rested the sabbath day, according to thecommandment." * The sabbath was now past, andnothing prevented their hastening to perform thelast act of reverence and affection which it was intheir power to show. It would have been indeed avain and empty honour ; for what is the body whenthe spirit hath departed from it ? Dust it is, and todust it must return ; nor can all the pains or skillof man protract the completion of this sentence,beyond a few short years. But that which cannot1 Luke xxiii. 56.MARK XVI, 1 S. 481
profit the dead, has a tendency to console the livingwho survive ; and these women were comforted inthe thought that they could yet testify the love whichthey had borne to Jesus, and make some return forbenefits which he had bestowed on them.As they were proceeding, they foresaw a difficulty.Joseph had rolled a great stone to the door of thesepulchre. And the chief priests and Pharisees hadagreed with Pilate that they should seal this stoneand make it sure, " lest his disciples should come bynight, and steal him away." 2 The women thereforesaid among themselves, Who shall roll us away thestone from the door of the sepulchre f 4. And when they looked, they saw that the stone wasrolled aivay : for it was very great.5. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young mansitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment ;and they were affrighted.Thus quickly were their doubts dispersed. Theyhad expected to find the entrance of the sepulchreshut against them. But the stone was rolled away.If we do as they did, and act the part of zealouslove, though in the midst of natural fears and infir-mities, we shall often find that God has done hispart before we were aware, and smoothed awaythose difficulties which we expected to embarrassour path of duty and hinder our success.Mary Magdalene, indeed, appears to have takenalarm at the first view of the open sepulchre, withthe stone rolled away : and yielding to her appre-Matt, xxvii. 64.
I I482 MARK XVI. 18.hensions, without staying for farther inquiry, to havehastened back to Peter and John and said, " Theyhave taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, andwe know not where they have laid him/' 3 Theothers remained behind : and having recovered fromtheir first surprise, proceeded farther to enter intothe sepulchre, where the angel was seated.6. And he saith unto them, be not affrighted; ye seek Jesus of azareth, which was crucified : he is risen ; lie /.vnot here ; behold the place were they laid him.7. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that liegoeth before you into Galilee ; there ye shall see him, as hesaid unto you. 4 '8. And they went out quickly, and fled, from the sepul-chre ; for they trembled and were amazed : neither saidthey any thing to any man ; for they were afraid.Their consternation, the mixture in their minds of hope and fear, prevented their relating what theyhad seen and heard to any man whom they met intheir way back to the disciples. And the astonish-ment of the disciples was no less than their own.It is evident from the whole narrative, that theywere not waiting in expectation that they shouldhear what the women now came to tell. " For asyet they knew not the scripture, that he must risefrom the dead." 5 When the intelligence reachedthem, instead of confirming their expectations, itrenewed their doubts. Mary Magdalene had beenalready to them, and told what she had seen ; thesepulchre open, and the stone rolled away. ow

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