The ending of the gospel of Mark is filled with fear. So much so that it can baffle us with its lack of a happy ending. Hence why some have tried to add a happy ending to the gospel which was not there in its earliest renditions.
Mark ends abruptly with Jesus’ death and the two women coming to an empty tomb. We, like the women, can be afraid to accept the testimony of the young man who gives instructions for what it is to follow Jesus now that the tomb is empty.
Our fear can rob us of the greatest joy – seeing Jesus again. Not in heaven or Jerusalem, but back in Galilee, where it all began, at the beginning of His ministry.
It is there that we can begin our own ministry based on Jesus’ ministry with His presence in our midst.
That alone should fill us with joy not fear!
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!