MUSINGS – December 18, 2018


Mark 16:14-20
Still later Jesus appeared to the eleven apostles while they were eating. He put them to shame for their unbelief and because they were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive.

Then Jesus said to them, “So wherever you go in the world, tell everyone the Good News. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. “These are the miraculous signs that will accompany believers: They will use the power and authority of my name to force demons out of people. They will speak new languages. They will pick up snakes, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them. They will place their hands on the sick and cure them.”

After talking with the apostles, the Lord was taken to heaven, where God gave him the highest position. The disciples spread the Good News everywhere. The Lord worked with them. He confirmed his word by the miraculous signs that accompanied it.

Jesus appeared to the disciples and was angry with them because they were too stubborn to believe the witnesses he had sent to them. He then commanded them (and us) to tell everyone the Good News.

Notice that he didn’t make it a suggestion that we might occasionally mention the good news to someone in passing. Nor did Jesus say to tell people about your denomination, your church, your pastor, and Sunday school. Those are secondary to telling people that Jesus has paid the price to release them from the sins of there old life and create in them a new life. In short, tell others what Jesus head done in your life.

< This ends our study of Mark’s gosple. Stay tuned.

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