Mark 16:10
She went and told those who had been with Him, who were now mourning and weeping.
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Resurrection ProofsA.F. Muir Mark 16:1-14
An Eventful DayJ.J. Given Mark 16:1-18
The ResurrectionR. Green Mark 16:1-18
Appearances of the Risen OneE. Johnson Mark 16:9-14
A Sad Interior and a Cheery MessengerC. H. Spurgeon.Mark 16:10-11
Transient UnbeliefCuyler.Mark 16:10-11
Unnecessary GriefMark 16:10-11

I. THEY WERE REPEATED AND VARIED, So in the history of the Church and the world; there are epochs of the manifestation of Christ and of apparent concealment. Though history in one sense repeats itself, in another it does not. Christianity is the exhibition of the new in the old, the old in the new. And so in the individual.

II. THEY WERE MET BY PREJUDICE. New truth finds in us something ever to over-come. The victory over a prejudice gives us cause for thanks; what we really possess of truth we possess because we have resisted it. We do not understand it till we have contended against it. "We may believe more surely in the Resurrection, because they were so slow to believe."

III. THE SPIRITUAL EVIDENCE OF CHRISTIANITY IS THE REAL EVIDENCE, Unless we see that Christ's resurrection coincides with spiritual truth and needs, we shall not see it at all. Mediate knowledge can never be free from doubt; certainty lies in that which is immediate. - J.







And she went and told them.
Mark is graphic: he paints an interior like a Dutch artist. We see a choice company — "Them that had been with Him." We know many of the individuals, and are interested to note what they are doing, and how they bear their bereavement. We see —

I. A SORROWING ASSEMBLY. "As they mourned and wept." What a scene I We behold a common mourning, abundantly expressed by tears and lamentations. They mourned —

1. Because they had believed in Jesus, and loved Him; and therefore they were concerned at what had happened.

2. Because they felt their great loss in losing Him.

3. Because they had seen His sufferings and death.

4. Because they remembered their ill-conduct towards Him.

5. Because their hopes concerning Him were disappointed.

6. Because they were utterly bewildered as to what was now to be done, seeing their Leader was gone.

II. A CONSOLING MESSENGER.

1. Mary Magdalene was one of themselves.

2. She came with the best of news. The resurrection of Christ

(a)removes the cause of sorrow;

(b)assures of the help of a living Redeemer;"

(c)secures personal resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:23);

(d)brings personal justification (Romans 4:25).

3. She was not believed.(a) Unbelief is apt to become chronic: they had not believed the Lord when He foretold His own resurrection, and so they do not believe an eyewitness who reported it.(b) Unbelief is cruelly unjust: they made Mary Magdalene a liar, and yet all of them esteemed her.

III. A REASSURING REFLECTION.

1. We are not the only persons who have mourned an absent Lord.

2. We are not the only messengers who have been rejected.

3. We are sure beyond all doubt of the resurrection of Christ.(a) The evidence is more abundant than that which testifies to any other great historical event.(b) The apostles so believed it as to die as witnesses of it.(c) They were very slow to be convinced, and therefore that which forced them to believe should have the same effect on us.

4. Great reason, then, for us to rejoice.

(C. H. Spurgeon.)

A sorrow is none the less sharp because it is founded upon a mistake. Jacob mourned very bitterly for Joseph, though his darling was not torn in pieces, but on the way to be lord over all Egypt. Yet while there is of necessity so much well-founded sorrow in the world, it is a pity that one unnecessary pang should be endured, and endured by those who have the best possible grounds for joy. The case in the text before us is a typical one. Thousands are at this day mourning and weeping who ought to be rejoicing. Oh, the mass of needless grief! Unbelief works for the father of lies in this matter, and works misery out of falsehood among those who are not in truth children of sadness but heirs of light and joy. Rise, faith, and with thy light chase away this darkness! And if ever thou must have thy lamp trimmed by a humble Mary, do not despise her kindly aid.

"Is it always foggy here?" inquired a lady passenger of a Cunard steamer's captain, when they were groping their way across the Banks of Newfoundland. "How should I know?" replied the captain, gruffly; "I do not live here." But there are some of Christ's professed followers who do manage to live in the chilling regions of spiritual fog for a great part of their unhappy lives.

(Cuyler.)

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