"Mark: The Longer Ending"

December 26, 2013

“Mark: The Longer Ending”

Blessings folk!

Today’s reading:

Mark 16:9-20
We have discussed this passage earlier...see previous posts.

Mark gives a strong synopsis of what had occurred.
  • Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and the ladies...they reported to the disciples. They refused to believe.
  • Jesus appeared to the two on the way...they reported. The disciples did not believe.
  • Jesus appeared to the Eleven and reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart.

Jesus then tells them what to do (what we call “The Great Commission&rdquoWinking
  • Go into all the world
  • Preach the gospel to all creation
  • Those who believe will be saved
  • Those who disbelieve will be condemned
  • Sign will accompany…
    • casting out of demons
    • speaking with new tongues
    • picking up of serpents
    • drinking deadly poisons
    • lay hands on sick, they will recover
    • all in the name of the Lord
  • In the name of the Lord…
    • there is protection
    • there is provision
    • there is power
    • there is Presence

Jesus is then received up to heaven where He sat at the right hand of God.
They went out and preached…
- everywhere
  • east to west
  • Lord worked through them
  • signs followed them...note, they did not follow/seek the signs. The signs followed them.
  • the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.

We are to do likewise.
Are we?
We must believe...not just bit and pieces. Believe all.
Do we?