Posted by: richard | 1 July, 2009

The Mystery Precedes

Last night we tackled the startling short account of the resurrection as recounted by Mark (Mark 16:1-8).

Whereas Matthew gives us the drama and majesty of the resurrection, Luke focuses on the reassurance and joy that result, and John gives us a multi-faceted view of the resurrected Jesus, Mark gives us an abrupt and unfinished ending where we don’t see the resurrected Jesus.  Instead we left with the news that the resurrected Jesus has gone ahead to his place of ministry (Galilee), waiting for His disciples to follow — and a picture of the women, trembling and afraid because…

We found this ending challenging as it confronts us with the starkness of the need to follow Jesus:  He has gone ahead and we have to follow Him if we are to see Him.  Or to put it another way, despite our fears we need to dare to step out and join in Jesus’s ministry and mission.  Mark’s account doesn’t end neatly – it is actually a beginning to our own lives of following the Jesus who precedes.

We discussed where Jesus might be calling each of us to right now.  This goes beyond the “foundations” of moral obedience and into the question of calling/ministry.  Who has Jesus put in our path and called us to love this next week?  What is He doing and where is He calling us to join in with Him?  We each identified an idea to put this into practice.

Two tasks before our next meeting on the 20th.

  • Come up with an ending to the unfinished verse 8:  “Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid that….”
  • Reflect over the entire course on Mark.  How would you articulate the overall message of Mark, and what is the ‘nugget’ that you will take away from this series?

Both questions could be blogged as comments to this post – especially for those who won’t be there on the 20th!  Enjoy…

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