Mark 16: Used by God
We have come to the end of another book. Mark 16 chronicles the resurrection. The women had come to the tomb, and they found the stone rolled away and an angel who told them that Jesus had risen.
The interesting part is that they came with the intent of anointing the body. However, they had a common sense consideration on the way.
Mar 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
Mar 16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Mar 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
I point that out because we know that the women made it to the tomb. Even though they were clearly aware that three women would probably not be able to roll away the giant stone by themselves, they still continued walking to the tomb. It kind of makes you wonder what they were expecting when they got there. Jesus prophesied His resurrection reportedly as testified by the Pharisees in Mark 14:58, but it doesn’t seem like they were expecting that. The general assumption is that dead people remain dead.
All of that being said, the women followed through. Maybe they thought someone would be around and able to help them remove the stone. Maybe they thought it really wasn’t that heavy. We don’t know, so this is speculation, but the fact of the matter is that they knew they probably could not do it, and they still continued to go.
Because they went, they saw the empty tomb. That was clearly very important. Hypothetically, what if no one had been checking on the tomb? Jesus still would have risen from the dead, but someone had to spread the news. These women were there to fulfill that purpose. In a sense, they were the first missionaries.
I think that is then what we have to keep in mind. God knows each of us as individuals. He knew that these women would be the only ones who would come to the tomb, so He used them. Perhaps there was even divine intervention. Despite the doubts that they might not be able to do what they intended, maybe there was some voice inside of them telling them that they had to follow through. That is not recorded, but there was something that motivated them to continue, and because of the purpose that God had for them, it would seem to make sense that perhaps He was the motivation behind it.