Our Next Guest Is: The Women at the Tomb

Series: Our Next Guest | Week 13: A Journey Through the Gospel of Mark

Day Four Mark 16:1-8

16 Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3 On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.

5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, 6 but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. 7 Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”

8 The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened.
– Mark 16:1-8 (NLT)

1. What are the women worried about as they walk to the tomb with their spices?
2. What does the young man/angel command the women to do (verse 7)?
3. Why do you think the women are frightened by the tomb being empty?

The stone was not moved for Jesus; it was moved for everyone else. Jesus could pass through any material barrier. However, the stone was moved so others could see that Jesus was no longer in the tomb. It was moved so the women could see that Jesus had risen. It was moved so they could see the promises of God fulfilled. Spend some time now in silence. What may Jesus be trying to reveal to you that you aren’t seeing? Ask Him to help you keep your eyes and ears open so that you don’t miss all He has for you.

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For Families with Kids at Home
With the resurrection of Jesus, God proved once and for all that He can do ANYTHING, and that He is ALL POWERFUL! Sometimes it’s hard to see past our present circumstances, but God can do anything, whether it’s moving a stone that’s too big for us, or resurrecting something we thought was dead.

Spend time this week encouraging your kids, and ask if they have any prayers that seem impossible. Remind them that the God who rolled a huge stone away and raised Jesus from the dead is the same One who hears them and loves them, and He can do impossible things!

*For more on this passage, watch Sunday’s message, “Stones and Tombs,” at tpcc.org/messages.

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