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Witnesses to Jesus' Death, Burial and Resurrection (Mark 15:40-16:8)

Philip Stewart, July 23, 2017
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service

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Bible Quote 15:40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.

15:41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
15:42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
15:44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.
15:45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.

15:46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

16:1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body.
16:2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb
16:3 and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
16:4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.
16:5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

16:6 "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.
16:7 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.' "
16:8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
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