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Mark 16:1-20 – A New Beginning: Meditative Musing for Dec 22

Jesus was dead. They watched His death and burial. Now, all that remained was to anoint His body. Coming as soon as they could, at day break Sunday, their concern was the stone closing His grave.

At the tomb they were astonished! The stone was moved. Entering the tomb, they saw a man in white who told them Jesus had risen. They were terrified and fled. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene who came with them. He sent her to tell the disciples to meet him in Galilee, but they did not believe.

They did not believe until Jesus Himself appeared to them – and rebuked them for their unbelief. Then He gave them their mission:

Go into all the world and preach the good news to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved. He who does not believe will be condemned.

Then He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God in the everlasting kingdom of God.

What good news? The news Mark said in 1:1 was beginning, the news Jesus said to believe when He began preaching the kingdom.

In His death and resurrection, our King defeated the Dark Power and began a New Age. This is the age of the New Creation. Jesus is the first-born from the dead. But all in Him are also a New Creation.

No, the consummation has not yet come, but New Creation has begun. The rightful king is on the throne! D-day is successful; the Devil is on the run; V-Day is coming! There are battles to be fought and victories to be won, but the die is cast. Victory is ours. We share His resurrection life now in our mortal bodies – and one day our bodies will also rise immortal into the new heavens and new earth!

That is the promise of that first Sunday morning of the New Age.

Will you share the victory of faith? Or will you be among the unbelievers?


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