What Jesus Did! 'Bewildered and Frightened!' — Mark 16:8

Friday, December 30, 2016

The women were very afraid and confused. They left the tomb and ran away. The women did not tell about what happened, because they were afraid.
— Mark 16:8 NLT
Illustration of Mark 16:8 NLT — The women were very afraid and confused. They left the tomb and ran away. The women did not tell about what happened, because they were afraid.

Key Thought

Mark wanted us to know two crucial things about Jesus. First, Jesus was mighty and powerful, something even the demons recognized and feared. Second, despite all of his power, he submitted himself to the will of God and went to the Cross to ransom us from sin and death. Mark knows Jesus was raised from the dead. But he uses the women and their bewildered fear to remind us of the resurrection—not because they doubted, but because they believed. Jesus changed everything in their understanding of the Messiah, the Son of God. (Mark 1:1) He was willing to go to the Cross even though he clearly had the power to prevent it. His dying didn't fit and they couldn't understand how this could be so. All their hopes had been dashed with his crucifixion and their lives are ruined with his death. On this morning, however, they found out he was raised from the dead and they were told this good news by an angel at Jesus' empty tomb. How could they not be bewildered and fearful? Their worlds were forever changed. If Jesus could rise from the dead, then what would happen next? If they followed Jesus, what could the resurrected Jesus do through them? And if Jesus could use them to "turn the world upside down" with his message and his follower's courage, what can he do with us? So let's join these faithful women at the empty tomb, bewildered and frightened, but full of expectation at the thought of what lies ahead for us!

Today's Prayer

O God, release the resurrection power of Jesus in our day and in our lives. Empower us to live for you and impact our world in a similar way to how these first followers of Jesus impacted their world. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 4:8-20
  • Acts 17:6
  • John 14:12

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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