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Mark 16:9-20 The Disciples See Jesus

Posted by adventbiblestudy on March 30, 2013


Mark 16:9-20 NLTse After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons. (10) She went to the disciples, who were grieving and weeping, and told them what had happened. (11) But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn’t believe her. (12) Afterward he appeared in a different form to two of his followers who were walking from Jerusalem into the country. (13) They rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them. (14) Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together. He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead. (15) And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (16) Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. (17) These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. (18) They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” (19) When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. (20) And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.

 

Carrying a much larger quality of spices than they ever expected, Mary and the other women walked to Jesus’ tomb as soon as the sun began to rise, praising God for touching so many hearts. The load they carried was a testimony of hearts Jesus touched. All of His followers gave back to Jesus, with no hope of expecting anything in return. No one was able to see the true meaning of the prophecies about Jesus. Everyone, including Mary and her friends were still blinded by popular interpretations about the Messiah. When Jesus died, their hopes seemed dashed. They didn’t know where to turn, what to do, or what God had in store for them in the future. They felt all they could do is provide a respectable burial for their friend and teacher, the one who opened their eyes to a vision of God they never knew.

 

When Mary saw the open tomb, she expected the worst. She was certain someone stole Jesus’ body. Mary stood there for a moment holding the heavy bundle of splices is her arms, looking at the open tomb. Approaching the tomb, they saw a very tall man dressed in bright white clothing seated inside. The three women were very frightened, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.” (Mark 16:6-7 NLTse).

 

Mary went to the disciples, who were grieving and weeping, and told them what had happened. But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn’t believe her. The traditional view of the Messiah and seeing Jesus die proved too much for them. They sat in a room, grieving and trying to think of what to do next. Some thought, Jesus sent them out to preach for a reason. “Remember the powers He gave us and all the miracles we witnessed when He sent us out? Maybe Jesus was preparing us for this moment?” Other were frightened, thinking only of the forces gathered against them, Caiaphas and the priests may try to kill them also. They knew they could not rely on Pilate. Jesus’ trial proved that. It seemed they were without a country or church. It seemed they were outcasts in their own country.

 

As the disciples discussed the matter, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of his followers who were walking from Jerusalem into the country. The men had no idea they were talking to Jesus. As they walked, they were amazed at this stranger’s insight to scripture. He asked them why they looked so sad. As they explained what they had seen over the previous days, the stranger compared each point to scripture. The men could hardly believe what they were hearing. The stranger used scripture the men heard, but were not very familiar with. They hung on every word, waiting for the next and the opportunity to study every word the man revealed to them. They could not wait to look into the books of Moses, David, Isaiah, and others. As evening drew near, the men begged the stranger to stay for dinner and share more. As the stranger blessed the bread and broke it, their eyes were opened and they saw the stranger was Jesus. They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32 NLTse).

 

The sun already set, but the men could not hold in the good news, Jesus has risen! They walked and ran along the road as quickly as they could all the way back to Jerusalem. The two men knocked at the door of the house they knew the disciples were staying. Out of breath from the long journey, they burst in shouting, “Jesus is alive! Jesus rose from the tomb!” The sudden outburst frightened the disciples. After their fear subsided, doubt crept in. “How can a man rise from the dead?” It seems they forgot the young girl Jesus raised, and Lazarus. Fear has a strange way of capturing the mind.

 

Still later Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together. He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead. At first some of the disciples did not recognize Jesus. Some thought He was a spirit or a ghost. That reminded them of when they crossed the lake in a storm and Jesus walked on water to save them. Other disciples thought Jesus was only a vision caused by grief and stress. Jesus assured them by reminding them of the time He spent with them. He reminded them about the parable of the farmer spreading his seed and how He told them, “if you understand this parable, you will understand all parables.” Jesus began to show how each following event was a valuable lesson showing how to understand scripture by looking back, comparing events, and allowing God’s Spirit to show the connecting factors for a deeper understanding. Jesus explained why they crossed the lake, traveling from one side to the other, each containing a lesson. Jesus pointed out the lesson, Jews lived on one side, Gentiles on the other. As they traveled from one side to the other, Jesus was sewing the tapestry of His ministry. And then he told them, “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. Jesus explained, His message was not only for the Jews, but the entire world. Jesus told them not only the world they knew, but parts they never heard of will one day hear the news they carry. Jesus also explained the examples He reminded them about the relationship He wanted to have with them, the relationship God wanted with them. Jesus showed them how to share His message. It was a message to be shared by example, the same way Jesus taught. He told them not to judge, not to change lives, or condemn. It was God’s role to judge, the Holy Spirit’s role to change lives, and now it was Jesus’ role to save or condemn.

 

Jesus told them, these miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” The disciples understood Jesus used symbols to show the help they would receive to over come challenges ahead.

 

When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.

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