As Mark ends his account of Jesus’ mission, he is at pains to emphasise some important details.
As Chapter 15 closes, he reports the reactions of many of the witnesses to Jesus’ death:
– The centurion who describes Jesus as the Son of God.
– Joseph of Arimathea wo demands the body of Jesus and ensures proper burial.
– The women followers of Jesus who stayed around watching all the events and ascertained the exact location of His tomb.
Mark goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure we are in no doubt that Jesus was truly dead. He is setting up the wonderful finale of Chapter 16 where Jesus overcomes death. These events are not myths or stories; they are actual, real, historical events. How should these realities affect our lives and hope?
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