Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs
Comment: For a fuller record of this period we need to look at the other gospels and the beginning of the book of Acts. No doubt Mark had his reasons for writing like this but personally I wish that he had been a bit more expansive! But briefly Mark touches on the following…..
- Jesus met with the remaining 11 disciples and it seems that He expected a closer listening to what He had said and what those who had seen Him, post-resurrection, had reported.
- Jesus underlined belief and baptism and the fate of those who refused to believe in Him.
- Miraculous evidence was associated with their preaching.
- Mark records that they obeyed Jesus.
- Jesus went into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.
- It is an authoritative declaration of a victorious ending to the earthly Ministry of Jesus.
Prayer: May what I’ve read be reality in my daily living!