In movies, happy endings can often feel cheesy. Life rarely works out with a “happy ending.” J.R.R. Tolkien says that he thinks Happy Endings give us a glimpse of something deeper that we long for.
Happy endings can point us toward the Easter story, however.
The book of Mark ends in chapter 16 at verse 8. If your bible shows verses 9-20, they are not part of the original work by Mark and have been potentially added by a scribe because of the abrupt ending. Mark ends with the women being terrified and telling no one. The other Gospels talk about them going back and proclaiming the good news to the disciples.
Why did Mark end this way? Maybe Mark just enjoys a bit of irony. Listen/Watch this sermon to hear Pastor Erin’s thoughts.