Mark 16 - Resurrection and Commission

Mark 16:3 - I wonder what their plan was, if they needed the stone moved, why did they go out without someone to help them move it? Perhaps they just went out, and if they could get it moved, they would, if not they would not.

Mark 16:5-6 - They were alarmed, I'm thinking I would have been angry. After all, in the frame of my understanding of the possible, the only explanation of a missing Jesus is thieves or pranksters. Isn't that how we look at the world, from the framework of what we see as possible? It's hard to expand your thinking to include all that God sees as possible. I think that God understands that (I hope so) and deals with us where we are and with what we can accept. but I think I need to constantly remind myself that God is bigger than what I can fathom and things that I can't even imagine are possible with Him and are being done. I'm convinced that, just as Jesus was limited in what he could do because of the lack of faith in some places, I limit how effective the Spirit can be in me because I can't see beyond reality and experience. Lord, increase my faith and my vision!

Mark 16:7 - The angel says "... g, tell his disciples and Peter ..." (emphasis mine). Today we would never make such a statement, but God doesn't hold back. Peter had denied Jesus, and at this point God was accepting that proclamation, listing him as separate from the disciples. Today we'd say that such a distinction was rude and uncaring. Don't kick the guy when he's down, give him a second chance. Look again though, Gods is giving him a second chance, he's reaching out to him and calling him to meet Jesus again in Galilee. Yet the angel doesn't mince words here, the fact is that Peter has turned away. There will be an opportunity for reconciliation, but Peter will need to accept it.

I don't know why the Spirit singled out Peter when all deserted Jesus. Maybe Peter's denial was more public and vocal. Maybe God knew that Peter needed to face this head on, to understand exactly what he had done in order to clearly choose to follow.

Mark 16:15 - ""Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." What an instruction! Of course, you're sitting there with a dead man who is now alive and handing out missions, who's to argue or doubt?

Mark 16:16 - This is one of those "See! Baptism is necessary!" verses. Jesus says that hose who believe and are baptized will be saved. But when talking of those who would be condemned, ho only mentions those who don't believe. What of those who believe but aren't baptised? Jesus doesn't say. Frankly, this verse doesn't say anything conclusive about the necessity of baptism for salvation (although a plain reading certainly implies that it is), it says more about the necessity of faith.

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Is there an assumption in that final verse that those who believe will be baptized? And, obviously, those who don't will not?

We look at this verse from a perspective almost 2,000 years down the road. Was baptism so much a part of the culture then - even before Christianity "began" on Pentecost - that it was assumed?



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