[9 They promptly reported all of the young man’s instructions to those who were with Peter. Afterward, through the work of his disciples, Jesus sent out, from the east to the west, the sacred and undying message of eternal salvation. Amen. ]
[[9 After Jesus rose up early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and reported to the ones who had been with him, who were mourning and weeping. 11 But even after they heard the news, they didn’t believe that Jesus was alive and that Mary had seen him. 12 After that he appeared in a different form to two of them who were walking along in the countryside. 13 When they returned, they reported it to the others, but they didn’t believe them. 14 Finally he appeared to the eleven while they were eating. Jesus criticized their unbelief and stubbornness because they didn’t believe those who saw him after he was raised up. 15 He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever doesn’t believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will be associated with those who believe: they will throw out demons in my name. They will speak in new languages. 18 They will pick up snakes with their hands. If they drink anything poisonous, it will not hurt them. They will place their hands on the sick, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:9-18, CEB)
These verses are in the 16th chapter of the Gospel of Mark, and here they appear in [ ]. This is because they were added later.
The gospel of Mark ends with the women fleeing from the tomb and saying nothing to anyone because they were afraid, but scribes and early believers didn’t see this as a proper ending to the gospel of Mark. Well it is a good Lutheran ending, because Lutherans have a hard time sharing their faith with others, and usually don’t say anything to strangers. I am kidding, sort of…
I find the actual ending of Mark better than these 2 additions. Mark left the story hanging, because it was not meant to be finished. GO back to Mark 1:1 The Beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ. And then go to the women fleeing in fear and not telling anyone anything. So how do we know the message? Because that wasn’t the end. The good news of Jesus Christ is still being written.
Tell everyone about the Love God gives you through Jesus.
Love People. Love God.