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25: He is Risen! (Mk 16:1-20)
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I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

If Jesus’ burial had been the end of the story, then His work would have amounted to nothing. However, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, just as He had predicted! His resurrection marks the beginning of a life-transforming experience, for the disciples then and for us now. In the epilogue, Jesus appeared to the disciples and charged them to continue His ministry. Today, our work is not over until Jesus comes again.

B.     Key Verse

            “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (16:15-16).

C.     Did You Know…?

1. Spices (16:1): Aromatic oils were poured over a dead body to counteract the odors of decay. The anointing was a symbolic expression of loving devotion.

2. “Who will roll away the stone?” (16:3): After a large stone was slipped into the groove at the entrance of the tomb, it was very difficult to remove (cf. Lesson 24, Did You Know 13).

3. “See the place where they laid Him” (16:6): The women and the young man were in the tomb’s outer room. At the back was a low rectangular opening that led to the burial chamber.

4. “Right hand of God” (16:19): A symbol of God’s righteousness and strength (cf. Ps 48:10; Isa 41:10).

II.    Observation

A.     Outline











B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. General Analysis

1.  Matthew 28, Luke 24, John 20-21, and Acts 1:1-11 each presents a different facet of the events after Christ’s resurrection. Together with Mk 16, they form a vivid picture. Take the time to read those passages and answer the questions in the corresponding Bible Study Guides.

2. To whom did Jesus appear after His resurrection? Why is it important to list the witnesses?

3. Why is the certainty of Jesus’ resurrection so crucial to our faith? (cf. 1Cor 15:14-28).

4. What evidences convince you that Jesus is alive?

5. Is it okay to celebrate Christ’s resurrection on Easter? Why or why not?

IV.  Segment Analysis

A.     16:1-8

1. After Jesus died, what was on the mind of the women and the disciples?

2a. What do the women’s actions tell you about their devotion to Jesus?

2b. How do you show your devotion to the Lord Jesus?

3. In verse 6, how did the young man describe Jesus? What does his words tell us about Jesus’ resurrection?

4. Why did the young man specifically mention Peter (7)?

5. Why didn’t the women say anything to anyone? (cf. Jn 20 1-2, 11-18).

B.     16:9-20

6. Why did Jesus rebuke the eleven disciples (14)?

7a. What did Jesus command the disciples to do?

7b. How does Jesus confirm what we preach (17-18)?

7c. How do you accomplish Jesus’ commission to preach?

8. What must we do to be saved?

9a. What does it mean that Jesus sat down at the right hand of God?

9b. What is Jesus doing in heaven today?

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