What Jesus Did! 'You Will See Him in the Place of Ministry' — Mark 16:7

Thursday, December 29, 2016

[The man in the tomb said:] "Now go and tell his followers. And be sure to tell Peter. Tell them, 'Jesus is going into Galilee. He will be there before you. You will see him there like he told you before.'"
— Mark 16:7 NLT
Illustration of Mark 16:7 NLT — "Now go and tell his followers. And be sure to tell Peter. Tell them, 'Jesus is going into Galilee. He will be there before you. You will see him there like he told you before.'"

Key Thought

Jesus was about ministry. He wanted his disciples to carry on his ministry. So he wanted them to know that as they ministered in his name, he would be with them. They would see him personally raised from the dead after his resurrection, but they could also "see" him after his ascension by ministering to others. Jesus continues to meet his followers in the places of ministry. While it is not emphasized in Mark, Matthew speaks of Jesus as Immanuel—God with us. Then Jesus reminds his disciples that they will experience his presence in their fellowship and worship (Matt. 18:20), in their service to those in need (Matt. 25:27-30), and in crossing cultural boundaries to share his teaching with others (Matt. 28:18-20). Matthew will be the focus of this next year's "What Jesus Did!" devotional series. As we stand at the close of one year and look forward to another, let's use both Mark and Matthew to remind us that Jesus will meet us in the place of ministry!

Today's Prayer

Gracious, holy, and merciful God, please use me as an instrument of your peace, grace, and reconciliation. May I be found as a "vessel of honor"*—a tool you can use for your purposes in ministry to others. I know, dear Father, that your Son will be present as I minister. Please make his presence real to me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. (* This phrase comes from older translations of 2 Tim. 2:21, one of our parallel passages that accompany this devotional.)

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Timothy 2:21
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  • Matthew 25:31-40

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.