When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. 3 They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. (And it was a very large stone!) 5 Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled. 6 But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. 7 Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” 8 Overcome with terror and dread, they fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid. (Mark 16:1-8, CEB)
When the time of rest was done in the morning, just after sunrise, 3 women took spices and went to finish the preparations on Jesus. I find it interesting that Mary, Jesus’ mother is not called that, but is called, Mary the mother of James. Why not Jesus? Do they really think that Jesus is dead? Did they not hear what he said to the disciples? And Mary isn’t the mother of the dead bur of the living.
And if they heard what Jesus said, that he would rise again from the dead, why were they worried about the stone?
All of this just plays into the whole gospel of Mark and the original ending of the 3 running from the tomb in fear and saying nothing to anyone because of fear. The book doesn’t end because the story doesn’t end there, and we have hope in the way the women react, because we don’t get what God is up to and God still works through us as God did the women.
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