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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Mark Chapter 16 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John Mark
Date Penned: (55-65 AD)
Overview: Mark Records the 1st Gospel Written (c 1-16)
Theme:  The Death and Resurrection of Jesus, The Servant (c 14-16)
Message:The Resurrection  (v 1-20)

Mark 16 Commentary

(16::1-8) Jesus Rises from the Dead - The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. Jesus’ resurrection is unique. Other religions have strong ethical systems, concepts about paradise and afterlife, and various holy scriptures. Only Christianity has a God who became human, literally died for his people, and was raised again in power and glory to rule his church forever. Christians can look very different from one another, and they can hold widely varying beliefs about politics, lifestyle, and even theology. But one central belief unites and inspires all true Christians—Jesus Christ rose from the dead!

(16:9-11) Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene - Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, the one who worshiped him pubically with the alabaster box just a few chapters eariler, As she told the others they failed to believe, they failed to take the Lord at His Word that He would rise again.

(16:12-13 Jesus Appears to Two Believers Traveling on the Road - Luke’s description of Jesus’ encounter with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus should be read when studying this brief paragraph—Luke 24:13-35.

(16:14) Jesus Appears to Thomas - The disciples’ reluctance to believe was resolved by Jesus’ appearance to them all at one time. The common theme in Mark’s list of appearances was the disciples’ reluctance to believe.

(16:15-18) Jesus Gives the Great Commission - This paragraph represents a change of scene. This was another post-Resurrection appearance, the last to the remaining eleven disciples and other followers. This paragraph outlines Jesus’ final charge to his followers (see also Matthew 28:16-20). The Gospel of Mark is a record of the gospel (or Good News) from its beginning (1:1). As the book closes, the gospel does not end, but continues in the lives of Jesus’ followers. Jesus’ command is to go everywhere and preach the Good News.

(16:19-20) Jesus Ascends Into Heaven - Even though it is questioned as having been from Mark’s pen, this ending provides an effective closure to the book. Jesus resumed his place with God and was exalted to “the right hand of God.” Meanwhile, those who were left behind carried the gospel everywhere, accompanied by the Lord’s presence.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Do You See Your Calling?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Mark with Chapter 16. In our text today we see Mark's account of the Resurrection as Jesus rises from the dead, appears to Mary and many others, gives the great commission, and then ascends to Heaven where He is seated at the Right hand of the Father, making intersession for us until He comes again. In making application we see that we have our instructions to do His Will by fulfilling the Great commission. Today we tend to loose our focus in testifying to what He has done for us and witnessing to the saving Grace of our Lord. How about You? Do you see your calling in these last days? Let us learn from our text today and the Resurrection to see the Lord has a task for us after we are saved by witnessing and testifying to the wondrous Gospel of our Lord and Savior - Jesus-Christ


Mark 16

Mark 16

 1And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

 2And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

 3And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

 4And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

 5And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

 6And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

 7But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

 8And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

 9Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

 10And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

 11And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

 12After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.

 13And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

 14Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

 15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 19So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

 20And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.