“And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:20)
Mark is the shortest and simplest of the four gospels as he gives a crisp and fast-moving look at the life of Christ. Mark lets the narrative speak for itself as it tells the story of the Servant who constantly ministers to others through preaching, healing, teaching, and ultimately His own death. Mark traces the steady building of hostility and opposition to Jess as He determinedly moves toward that fulfillment of His earthly mission. He came to serve (1-10) and to sacrifice.
The first four chapters focus on the words of the servant while chapters 5-7 accent His works. In both sections there is an interchange between Christ’s messages and miracles in order to reveal His person and power. Although Jesus has been teaching and testing His disciples (ch. 4), His ministry with them becomes more intense from this point on as He begins to prepare them for His departure. The leaders are growing more antagonistic, and Christ’s hour is only about six months away.
Jesus then speaks clearly to His disciples about His coming death and resurrection. The disciples struggle with this difficult revelation, but Jesus’ steps head to Jerusalem. During the last seven days in Jerusalem, hostile treatment from the chief priests, scribe, elders, Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees reaches crisis proportions as Jesus refutes their arguments in the temple. After His last supper with the disciples, Jesus offered no resistance to His arrest, abuse, and agonizing crucifixion. He was buried, resurrected, and appeared to many people, and before He ascended to the Father, He spoke to the eleven disciples and gave to them the Great Commission.
After Christ spoke to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. The disciples then went forth and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. May we not forget that the Great Commission was also given to all those who have accepted Christ as Savior. Let us be busy doing the work He has called us to do.
Before Christ ascended to Heaven,
And after He had died to save us from sin,
He arose from the grave and commissioned us,
To witness to all those who needed Him within.
So may we be busy,
Doing the work He would have them do,
That we might be pleasing in His sight,
And that His will we might pursue.
Dear Father, please help us to be the Christ-like people who share the good news of the Gospel to everyone we meet. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.