What Jesus Did! 'Go into All the World' — Mark 16:9-20

Tuesday, December 31, 2024

[Some of the oldest and best Greek manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark end the book after the previous verse.]

After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went to the disciples, who were grieving and weeping, and told them what had happened. But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn't believe her.

Afterward he appeared in a different form to two of his followers who were walking from Jerusalem into the country. They rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them.

Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together. He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead.

And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won't hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed."

When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.

— Mark 16:9-20 NLT

Key Thought

What an incredibly wonderful message. Jesus begins as a nobody in a little-regarded place working with insignificant people and changes the world. As powerful a story as this is, we must remember that the story and the power are not ended. Jesus is still looking for people, even those the world regards as insignificant, and uses them to change the world. How can he do this? Because he is the Christ, the Son of God, who chose to minister in Galilee and the surrounding area, to be crucified in Jerusalem, and to be raised from the dead and reign over all the earth. Let's commit to joining him in his work of transforming the world by God's grace.

Today's Prayer

As I end this year, dear Father, I want to thank you for the ways you have touched my heart and used my life. However, dear God, I fervently pray that you will use me in this coming year in ways I cannot imagine. I want to be part of your work of changing the world. Please wholly use my life until you call me home. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Acts 2:36-39
  • Colossians 1:3-6


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Illustration of Mark 16:9-20 NLT — "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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