At the rising of the sun, after the Sabbath on the first day of the week, the two Marys and Salome brought sweet-smelling spices they had purchased to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus.
– Mark 16:1
Tim Keller writes this in Jesus the King.
Jesus has said to his disciples, “I will rise on the third day.” He said it in Mark 8, again in Mark 9, and yet again in Mark 10.
Given that repetition, something curious is going on. On the third day after Jesus’s death, there are no male disciples around; these female disciples do appear, but they are bringing along all the expensive spices and perfumes with which a dead body was customarily anointed. Nobody is expecting a resurrection….
Over 2000 years removed are we?
Do we really understand the reality of the resurrection of Jesus?
Mary who spent three and a half years with Jesus did not.
When she discovers the stone rolled away her response is not “He is risen as He said” instead we read in John 20:1-2
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw the stone had bern removed from the entrance. Ao shw came running out of the garden to find Simon Peter and the dearly loved disciple to deliver this startling news. Mary Magdalene: They have taken the body of our Lord, and we cannot find Him! – John 20:2
But as Mary and the others would soon understand the resurrection changes everything.
Without it Jesus was just another good man a great prophet but not savior.
When he proclaimed I am the resurrection and the life he announced the end of the tyranny of death and slavery to sin.
Not only in the life to come but in this life.
The Resurrection Life Begins the moment we believe in him and accept His promises.
The Apostle Paul said it this way “If any man be in Christ behold the old is gone and the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17