Mark 16:1-13 The Risen Lord.
Jesus rested on the Sabbath in the sleep of death. It was not yet the third day till the first day of the week. On this day, the two Marys and Salome “bought spices, that they might anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen” (vv. 1b-2 Cf. Jn. 20:1-8; Lk. 24:1ff.). However, on this morning they would find the greater Son risen! Before they got to the tomb they discussed who they might get to roll the stone away from the door (v. 3), but when they got there they found the stone rolled away (v. 4). “And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed” (v. 5). In fact, Luke records that there were two men who “stood by them in shining garments” (24:4). John records that these men were in fact angels, one who sat where Jesus’ head would have been and the other at his feet (20:12).
Mark records that one of the angels told them not to be alarmed, that in fact Jesus had risen, and that they were to go and tell his disciples, including Peter, and they all would see him again in Galilee, just as he had said he would (vv. 6-7). “So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid” (v. 8). However, John records that when Mary Magdalene turned around she saw Jesus standing there, but “did not know that it was Jesus” (20:14). It was only when Jesus said her name, that Mary finally recognize that it was Jesus who was speaking to her (vv. 15-16). This we can imagine was not unlike the same kind of revelation which occurred later to two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus (vv. 12-13; Lk. 24:13ff.). Luke records that the angels reminded them that Jesus had said that “the son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again” (24:7).
Upon remembering the words spoken by Jesus the women were no longer afraid, for they could testify to the very act which Jesus said would come to pass, of which they were witnesses (Lk. 24:8-10). Most of the disciples were incredulous at what they heard, but Luke records that “Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened” (11-12). John gives us more detail of this series of events, mentioning another disciple, believed to be a reference to himself, who also went to the tomb. John got to the tomb first, but Peter was the first of the two of them to enter. John claims to have believed when he saw everything in the tomb (20:8). By this time the angels appear to have departed, and Peter and John would make their way back to Galilee. However, Mark makes very clear, and John concurs (20:18), that it was Mary Magdalene who saw Jesus first (vv. 9-11).