Everyday Gospel

“They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.”
Mark 16:8b

This is the ending of the gospel according to Mark by some of the earliest manuscripts.

Different Endings
Matthew ends his gospel with the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).
Mark ends his gospel with the Resurrection (Mark 16:1-8).
Luke ends his gospel with the Ascension (Luke 24:51-53).
John ends his gospel with the Conversation of Jesus with his disciples (John 21:20-25).

I love all four different endings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Different Expectations
I get pumped as I remind myself that my mission is to “make disciples of all nations” as a follower of Jesus.
I find hope in Jesus’ resurrection power to change me.
I love to attend, participate, and lead Sunday services that celebrate Jesus resurrection in worship.
I enjoy talking about the gospel, reading about the gospel, and valuing gospel ministries.

Difficult Challenges
I am beginning to appreciate the early manuscripts of Mark’s gospel more and more as I daily face the reality of “saying nothing to anyone,” because “I am afraid.”

  • I say nothing to anyone because I feel like I have nothing to say.
  • I say nothing to anyone because I feel like no one will listen.
  • I say nothing to anyone because I feel like it would make no difference.
  • I say nothing to anyone because I am afraid of comparison, criticism, and condescension.

Do you remember what the messenger said about the risen Lord?
Do you know that there are people who need to hear your story?
Do you know that Jesus already made the difference in your life?
Do you know that Jesus of Nazareth invites you daily to know the life on the margin, of the minority, and the madness of losing your religion to really respond to God?

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