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Jesus -- the Messiah #34

The next section is a summary of some of the other gospel accounts of the events of those days. It may not have been in the original gospel written by Mark, but added on later to summarize some of the other details:


Read Mark 16:9-20.


9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11 When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.

12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.



Notes:



vv. 9-11 – The appearance to Mary Magdalene on Easter morning (See John 20:10-18)



vv. 12-13 – The appearance to the two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus on Easter afternoon (See Luke 24:13-35)



v. 14 – The appearances to the disciples as they were staying behind the closed doors of the Upper Room in Jerusalem that week (See Luke 24:36-43, John 20:19-29, Acts 1:3-4)



v. 15 – The call for the disciples to go out and announce His victory over all evil (See Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 24:45-49, John 20:21, Acts 1:8)


v. 19 – Jesus’ Ascension back to heaven to reign in glory (Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:7-11)

In conclusion, what do you think of Jesus?:



  • If Jesus was the Messiah, the Presence of God on earth, as the Quran and the Bible say and if this is how He lived and taught and won the victory, then what does that mean for the nature of God Himself?

  • Who do you think He was?

  • Who do you think He is?

  • What do you think of His struggle for righteousness through self-sacrificing love and service?

  • Do you want to join with Him?


This is the last of the emails in this series.  I hope you will email and let me know what you thought of it.


 


Abraham


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