The first eight verses contain no actual appearance of Jesus, but rather describe a baffling scene at the garden tomb. And with scant manuscript evidence, many scholars doubt whether verses 9-20 belong in the New Testament canon at all.
The mystery of Mark 16 may never be fully unraveled this side of heaven, but one fact is indisputable. Jesus truly rose from the dead (Matt. 28:9; Jn. 20:19-20). And this proves once and for all he is God’s beloved Son. Note the connection in Romans 1:3-4:
Concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
“He Has Risen!” the angel announced from the empty tomb (Mk. 16:6). This statement, along with Jesus’ words “It is Finished!” (John 19:30) stand as the two great pillars of our faith.
Sunday’s sermon on the empty tomb is now available on our church podcast, or you can stream it using the media player below.