The Risen One

Mark 16:8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

I never realized the end of the gospel of Mark was so abrupt before reading it this morning.

The bible project’s commentary on this gospel suggests that Mark intentionally wrote the final chapter of his gospel without closure to pose the following question to the reader: “who is Jesus to you?”

There are very few people in this world who have not heard the name “Jesus” and do not have a basic understanding that He was a man who did incredible things.

Many don’t beileve or care about the things that were written about Jesus but those of us that do see something amazing. A man who was God and loved us all enough to suffer and die to save us from a fate worse than death. He saved us so that He might be with us for all eternity.

One of my favorite modern quotes on Jesus is from C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity:

‘I am ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher … You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool … or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.”

Feature image credit: The Bible Project

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