The Reason We’re Here (Mark 16:1-11)

The resurrection is the best available story of hope, redemption, and restoration. It changes everything.

Jesus’ restorative power means that even the most faithless of us all can have a new start, a new identity, a new purpose in life, following Him.

The reason we’re here today and can worship God freely is because Jesus has risen from the death. This is our hope; He is our hope.

Gospel of Mark

Message title: The Reason We’re Here (Mark 16:1-11)
Twentieth week in the Gospel of Mark
Scriptures: Mark 16:1-11
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 4/16/17

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Scripture reading:

Mark 16:1-11 (ESV):

The Resurrection

16 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.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.


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