Mark 16 was read and discussed within the context of previous chapter where Joseph of Arimathea had taken the body of Jesus and prepared it for burial (Mark 15:43 – 47).
Mark 16:1-2 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James had prepared spices to complete the anointing of Jesus’s body which had been prepared by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus prior to the Sabbath.
Mark 16:3-6 The stone covering the entrance to the tomb was clearly very heavy because the women were concerned about how it could be moved. The angel, as the messenger of God, showed the women that not only had God’s power removed the stone but it had also raised Jesus from the dead. The grave could not hold him.
Mark 16:7-8 Although the angel gave the women clear instructions, asking them to remind the disciples of the teaching of Jesus regarding his death and resurrection, they were so afraid that they ran away at this point.
Mark 16:9-11 But Mary Magdalene returned and decided to look for her risen Lord. This time she did take the good news to the disciples who did not believe her. Verse 9 refers to the time when Jesus cast out seven devils from Mary Magdalene. People of that time referred to those suffering from a variety of mental illnesses as being ‘possessed by devils.’ The story highlights that Jesus was given the power to cure those illnesses.
Mark 16:12-13 Although Jesus appeared to a number of people, after he rose from the dead, the disciples still found it difficult to believe and forgot what Jesus had foretold about his death and resurrection.
Mark 16:14 Jesus appears to the disciples and chides them for forgetting his words and not believing the women’ witness.
Mark 16:15-16 Jesus emphasises the importance of the future role of the disciples through travelling around preaching to all who would listen. Jesus also emphasises the importance of baptism as an essential precursor to salvation.
Mark 16:17-18 Jesus tells the disciples of all the signs, wonders and powers that would be given to the first century believers.
Mark 16:19-20 Jesus is confirmed as the Son of God and is given the honour of sitting on the right hand of his Father. The disciples are given the power of the Spirit of God to sustain them in their preaching.