Mark 16



Mark 16 highlights the discovery of the empty tomb, the angelic announcement of Jesus' resurrection, and the initial reactions of the women. The chapter sets the stage for the proclamation of the resurrection and the eventual commissioning of the disciples to spread the Gospel.


  1. The Resurrection (Mark 16:1-8): On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome go to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body with spices. They find the stone rolled away and encounter a young man in a white robe who tells them that Jesus has risen. The women are instructed to tell the disciples and Peter. They flee in fear and amazement, and the Gospel ends with the women initially saying nothing to anyone.
  2. Note: Some versions of the Bible include additional verses (Mark 16:9-20), often referred to as the "longer ending of Mark," which describes Jesus' appearances to the disciples, his ascension, and the disciples' subsequent activities. However, many scholars believe that these verses may have been added later and are not present in some of the earliest manuscripts.