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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jan 22 - Mark 16

Today's reading in our daily plan is Mark 16. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Jesus rises from the dead. This is critical because prophecies in the Old Testament predicted God's promised Messiah would rise from the dead, and Jesus himself had claimed he would rise from the dead (for instance, in Mark 8:31;10:33, and 34). Jesus raising from the dead is the ultimate proof that he truly was who he said he was.
  • Mark gives an abbreviated version of what happens after the resurrection and tells us Jesus' last command for his followers: "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation."

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The fact that Jesus lived after death means that this life is not all there is. And those who choose to follow Jesus in this life will follow Jesus in defeating death and living eternally in Heaven. That truth changes everything. It means this life is a preamble, that nothing that happens in this life is the be-all end-all. There is eternity in a perfect place awaiting those who follow Jesus.
  • In the military, when a commanding officer gives a command, it's to be followed until a new order is given. Jesus' command to tell everyone in the world that he came for us was his last command, and so it's the command we need to be following.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Think about the things you get worked up and stressed out about. Does the fact that you worry so much about the things of this life reveal that you don't believe deep in your heart about the life after this life? If you believed in and focused on the fact that Jesus defeated this life and you have eternity in Heaven coming, would you worry like you do? How could you get yourself more focused on eternity?
  • Your mission is to share the good news. Who is a person God has put in your life that you could share Jesus with, or invite to come to Verve with you?