Mark 16:5-6 (NLT)
5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, 6 but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body.
This is the Apostle Mark’s account of the resurrection of Jesus. Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, and Salome had gone to buy burial spices after the Sabbath day was over. They wanted to anoint the lifeless body of Jesus with these spices. When they arrived they were shocked to find the tomb open. An angel told them the crucified Jesus was not there, but instead was alive. His proof to them was there was no body where it once had lain.
The women in the verses above were expecting to prepare the dead body of Jesus. They had been a witness to his death and in their minds they believed Jesus was no longer alive. The angle points out to them, “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.” In other words he acknowledged they were looking for the body of Jesus. Then the angel said, “He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead.” It was a kind way of saying, “Look you can looking for the wrong person. You came looking for a dead Jesus. However, the real Jesus is alive and this is nothing but an empty tomb.” Our Jesus is alive! He rose from the dead to defeat sin and death. He is alive working in our own lives. Remember the words from Hebrews, “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.