The oldest manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark end with chapter 16 verse 8: “So [the women] went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” There are no post-resurrection appearances in this earliest version of the story, which is often thought to represent the preaching of Peter. It’s just the empty tomb and a guy in a white robe telling them that Jesus had risen and was already beating a path back to Galilee. The women flee.

While we know the other versions of the story, it’s worth considering why Mark might have decided to end his gospel here. What does it have to teach us?

— Pastor Anne

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