[[Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.]]
For a brief explanation about why Mark has two endings (both presumably added later), please read my previous post.
The longer ending of Mark is still really just a summary of the endings of the other gospels. Even I can see, reading in English, that it was not written by the same person. I feel like like if you really want to read about what happens after the women flee, you would do best to simply ignore this ending and go read the other gospels.
That being said, I’m happy to learn a little more about Mary Magdeline. She was such a devout follower because Jesus had rescued her from seven demons. Seven! After such a blessing I think my faith would be stronger too.
Another thing I find interesting about this ending is how obviously the disciples’ doubt is laid out. You don’t get any of the story, you don’t read how or why they doubted. The writer just throws their doubt out there again and again. This is interesting to me because their doubt is very important. Despite their doubt and fear, the disciples go on to being the church and spread Jesus’s message far and wide. They do many great miracles and teach many great things. The disciples are a great reminder that we can do anything, and that God will always forgive us.