Our Incredible Hope Develops Devotion
Pilate granted Joseph’s request and Joseph, along with the Pharisee, Nicodemus, took Jesus’ body and gave Him an honorable burial in a tomb that Joseph had bought. In verse 47, we see that the two Marys who had been with Jesus while He was alive and who were witnesses to His death on the cross had followed Joseph and Nicodemus and saw where Jesus had been buried. They were faithful disciples of Christ, and it is to these women that Mark turns our attention (Mark 16:1-5).
We see great devotion to Jesus from these women. They were with Him while He was alive, serving Him. They were there when He was humiliated and crucified. They were there when He died, and they were there when He was buried. But that wasn’t enough. Now they sought to serve Him further. They were so devoted they were determined to serve Him until they could no longer do so.
The Sabbath was past, which would have ended by Saturday at 6 p.m. Early Sunday morning, they went to the tomb carrying spices to further anoint Jesus’ body. Jesus was so precious to them that they wanted His dead body to smell good until His spirit left Him. There were no markets open that early on a Sunday morning, so they had prepared for this by buying them as soon as the markets would have opened the evening before after the Sabbath.
Do we show this kind of devotion? Do we give time and energy and effort to love Him through prayer, study, ministry, obedience, and trust?