“Then they looked up and saw that the stone had been rolled away. The stone was very large. They entered the tomb. As they did, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe. He was sitting on the right side. They were alarmed.” – Mark 16:4-5
The day after Jesus’s death, Saturday was the Sabbath which meant Jesus’s burial was quite hurried. This is because in the Torah it states that no Jew should work on the Sabbath. So on the Sunday, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to prepare the body properly. But when they arrived, as we read here in Mark, the stone to the entrance, “had been rolled away”. In Matthew 28:2 we discover this could have been because “at that time there was a strong earthquake”. Despite this, “when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus”.
Some of the Gospels go on and say how the woman “saw a young man dressed in a white robes…that gleamed like lightning stood beside them”.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. But he has risen! He is not here! See the place where they had put him. Go! Tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. It will be just as he told you.’ ” – Mark 16:6-7
In Matthew, this man becomes an angel and in Luke, probably written for a non-Jewish audience, he becomes two angel-like men. On the other hand, in John’s gospel, this part of the account is left out.
No matter who they met in the tomb, the women returned from the tomb to tell the eleven disciples what had happened. “Later Jesus appeared to the 11 disciples as they were eating.” The preceding verse is one I would like to focus on today.
“He spoke firmly to them because they had no faith. They would not believe those who had seen him after he rose from the dead.” – Matthew 16:14