Trembling and Panic Seized Them

According to the Gospel of Mark, the first people who discovered that Jesus had been raised from the dead did not react with celebration and rejoicing. Mark 16:8 describes their reaction this way, "They went out, and fled from the tomb. Trembling and panic had seized them. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid." In this message we propose that unless we are struck with trembling and panic at the empty tomb, we likely have not understood the meaning of the empty tomb.