Mark 16:9-20 – Go!

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Read Mark 16:9-20

Bible scholars point out that this passage is not included in the best manuscripts of Mark’s gospel, was not written by Mark, and does not have the same “feel” of the rest of the gospel. However, there is nothing wrong with the message. It appears to be a gathering of details found in other gospels and even the book of Acts. Yet, inquiring minds continue to ponder the inclusion of this ending.

For whatever reason this passage is included in God’s Word, so let’s reflect on the message it brings to us today. We see that (1) the pattern of unbelief when first hearing of Jesus’ resurrection, (2) Jesus makes several appearances and then ascends to heaven, and (3) our call to the mission field is included. All in all, it’s a very nice closure to the gospel giving us the next steps we need to move forward on our own faith journey.

I like it when my action steps are clear. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.” I’m going to focus on that today.

Jesus says, “Go!” We’re not supposed to sit around in our comfort zones. Even if we feel inadequate to preach, Jesus is expecting us to help him reach “everyone.” Whether or not the ones we tell believe or not is between them and God. Knowing that our job is only to go and tell makes it a lot easier, don’t you agree?

Don’t be afraid to go and tell. As I’ve said before, our witness to others is personal. Nobody can refute how Jesus has worked in our lives. Telling other people about how the love of Jesus has changed you is powerful. Don’t get stuck on the word “preach.” Share a story—your story about Jesus. Jesus was a master at using stories to preach.  

We’re told in this passage that the disciples listened to Jesus’ command to “Go!” We know from the Book of Acts and other early Christian writings details of some of those missionary journeys. The fact that you are sitting here today being called yourself to “Go!” tells me that people for centuries have been listening to Jesus’ command.

When you think of how many Christians there are in the world today it can boggle your mind. Not all Christians are out there preaching, but many are. Today, just like in those early days, being a Christian can be dangerous. But we’re not called to win a popularity contest. Jesus himself wasn’t always popular.

We’re holding on to the “Good News.” It’s the best news of all, and we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves. We know our salvation rests in Jesus. We know that whatever the evil one schemes in this life, Jesus is victorious.

What are you doing to be on the move for Jesus? How are you impacting the lives of others in the world? If you’re struggling to know where to begin, pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you.

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Let’s pray. Lord, continue to reveal to me how you want me to impact this world by preaching the gospel and drawing others to you. I am so honored to have this direction from you. While I often feel inadequate and weak, I know that you make me strong. You shine through me and there is nothing like it. Thank you for trusting me with this message. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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