The ending of Mark is rather abrupt. After such a powerful climax, it leaves us with unanswered questions. We like to have closure, so the way Mark leaves us hanging, we want to add words to finish the story so we can have some satisfaction in knowing how it all turns out in the end. That’s how you’re supposed to tell a story, so we think. Mark ends like one of those movies that tail off at a critical part with the words, It’s “To be continued…” And maybe Mark’s intent was to use this as a challenge for his readers, you and I, to continue the story with our very lives. The very fact that we have the Gospel accounts of a risen Jesus is proof that these women and the other disciples to whom Jesus appeared spread their stories around. How do you see your life as a continuation of this resurrection story? How could it be?
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.