“He has risen!”

Scripture reading for February 5th: Mark 16

Key Scriptures: Mark 16:1-7 “When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back–it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.”

Early on the first day of the week, the three women who loved Jesus purchased spices and went to the tomb of Jesus to anoint His body for burial. It had been a rushed burial because of the Passover and the Sabbath. The women wondered aloud how they might move the large stone covering the tomb, when to their surprise, it had been rolled away. Going inside, a man dressed in white greeted them with amazing good news. Jesus, Whom they sought, was not there! He had risen from death. The place where He was laid was empty, except for some folded grave clothes. The “man” gave them instructions: “Go and tell His disciples–and Peter.” Jesus would appear to them later in Galilee, just as He had told them.

Psalm 16:10-11 “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let Your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, the empty tomb speaks amazing grace to all who believe in You as the Son of God. Thank You for these women who loved Jesus and testified of the good news they received on resurrection morning! May I have opportunity to share this truth today!

Mark 16:19-20 “So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.”

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