What if the Gospels did not end with the resurrection? “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith!” (1 Corinthians 15:14) But in fact, Christ is risen, and on this fact we stake our life and our eternity. The resurrection was a surprising event to his disciples, even though Jesus had predicted his death and resurrection. It was a supernatural event, accomplished by the execution of His divine omnipotence. The resurrection of Jesus was a saving event which validates the truth of all that Jesus said and accomplished to reconcile us to God.
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Mark 16:1-8 (ESV)