Mark 16 : 6-7

6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.


This is the scriptural reference for one of my Father's favorite songs, "He is Risen"Music for "He Is Risen" can be found here.

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

After the Christ is laid in the tomb, Mary Magdalene and some other return to the tomb to finish his burial preparation. But they don't find him. Instead they find an angel telling them that he has risen and instructing them to tell the disciples.

Related Scriptures

There are a few scriptures that also tell this story. John 20 is also one of my favorites as it tells about Mary's conversation with the Lord.

Thoughts about this scripture:

It's interesting that the first thing that the angel says it to not be frightened. His first concern is to help them and take care of their concerns and fears. He has an important mission for them to do, and needs them to go and tell Peter and the disciples, but he takes the time to calm their fears and explain what has happened.

God wants me to do things. And he expects me to obey. But he also loves me and all of his children, so he will be patient and comfort us. This doesn't mean we should delay waiting for his comfort. We should endeavor to be fearless and obedient. At the same time, God will take care of us when our fears and troubles need it.

How does this strengthen my testimony

When I read the story of the atonement and the interactions of Christ's disciples I feel the spirit bearing witness to me of the truthfulness of the atonement to me. I know that Christ lived. I know that he died for my sins. I know that he rose from the grave and made it possible for all of us to someday be resurrected and return to live with him.

"He is risen."

These are some of the most powerful words that I have ever read.