Jesus is dead. They killed him on the cross. Him, the one human. The women who want to anoint Jesus to pay him the last honor, were only busy with one thing on their way to the tomb: How do we get rolled away the great stone which closes the tomb? Worries. As they get closer they are surprised, the stone is already rolled away.
“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ”
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.” (Mark 16:5-8)
The women experience the unbelievable to the goose flesh. The people wanted to put an end to Jesus, but God puts an end to death and arouses Jesus from the dead. Since Jesus’ resurrection we can know by faith that the human is more than flesh and blood. Death cannot harm our real identity anymore, for Christ is risen.
Originally the Gospel of Mark ended here with “because they were afraid”. “But that’s not a nice ending” thought the editors of the Gospel in the 2nd century and they added still other reports of the Risen from the other Gospels. But we just cannot prove the resurrection of Jesus, because it goes beyond our sensory perception. Our hands cannot grasp, our eyes cannot believe what there is happening, for God’s reality shatters our everyday world of experience.
Here Mark is silent, where the other Evangelists seem still want to prove the resurrection of Jesus with many words. Mark is silent and keeps the mystery of Christ. In view of the resurrection he is like Moses approaching the burning bush, and to whom God speaks:
“Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. (Ex 3)
When God’s reality breaks into our little everyday lives, when God’s eternity lets the time stand still, fear and trembling enter us – but also great joy.
Christ, You live.
Death is only a gate.
Eternity Your being.
The cross lies like a shadow behind You.
Joy Your garment.
The darkness runs away from You.
Love Your nature.
Christ, You live.