Mark 16

Mark 16

marked logoHere’s the best line in history,  “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!” God has raised Jesus from the dead which means he is God’s Messiah. The ironic sign tacked onto the cross over his head was Pilate being accidentally prophetic. That happens btw. So, “King of the Jews” is King of Caesar, King of Kings, King, in fact, of the Cosmos. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, King Herod!

Did you notice the young man in white emphasises Jesus’ humanity? Nazarene. Crucified. Make no mistake, ladies, he really was as human as you thought. And, make no mistake, ladies, he really is God. No wonder they frittered out. Mark’s gospel ends with the women running away and telling no-one. The opposite of the young man’s instructions.  (I know there are extra verses but these are not original to Mark). Why would Mark’s good news end here? Well, Mark has shown us the failings of the men while the women have looked pretty good – until now,  but we’re in no position to judge the women. Ever been silent about Jesus? Exactly.  But the young man’s message is important here. It’s not just for Peter and the boys (and their failings),  it’s phrased to include the women (and theirs). He expects them all to meet him in Galilee.  The point is Jesus says, “I’m waiting for you!” We can go anyway! That’s Mark’s good news.

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