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April 1, 2018

Sermon: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

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Scripture Lesson

Mark 16:1-8

The Resurrection of Jesus

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
Mark 16:1-8

I. Introduction: “The Big Bang Theory”
II. The story (Mark 16:1-8)
     A. Jesus has been entombed
     B. The women come to the tomb
         1. The stone is rolled back (16:4)
         2. They see and hear the angel (16:5-6)
         3. They are instructed to tell the disciples (16:7)
     C. The women leave the tomb
         1. They flee (16:8)
         2. They disobey (16:8)
III. Is this really the end of Mark?
     A. Most older manuscripts stop at Mark 16:8a
     B. Mark 16:8b-20 is probably a later addition(s)
     C. Can I trust my Bible?
IV. Mark’s ending is unsatisfying
     A. No appearance of Jesus
     B. No one knows beyond 3 scared women
     C. No celebration
     D. No final charge/commission
     E. No Holy Spirit given
V. What can we do about it? (Mark 16:7-20)
     A. Some wrote their own ending (16:9-20)
     B. We complete the gospel
     C. Jesus goes with us (16:7)
VI. Conclusion: Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969)


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