Our Incredible Hope Exacts Excitement
These women were amazed when they arrived (Mark 16:6). They came to the grave expecting to find Jesus’ dead body, but instead, there was an angel. Mark says they were “alarmed.” The word means to be utterly astonished or greatly amazed. It means to be moved to a relatively intense emotional state because of something causing great surprise or perplexity. They were beside themselves in bewilderment and fascination. They were trembling, they were astonished, they were afraid, and they were filled with great joy. These women were an excited emotional mess.
You come looking for a dead body, you expect to find it, it’s not something that just gets up and walks away…right? The stone had been rolled away and Jesus was gone!