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

Saturday, December 31, 2016

[Some of the oldest and best Greek manuscripts of the Gospel of Mark end the book after the previous verse.] Jesus rose from death early on the first day of the week. Jesus showed himself first to Mary from Magdala. One time in the past, Jesus had forced seven demons to leave Mary. After Mary saw Jesus, she went and told his followers. His followers were very sad and were crying. But Mary told them that Jesus was alive. Mary said that she had seen Jesus. But the followers did not believe her. Later, Jesus showed himself to two followers while they were walking in the country. But Jesus did not look the same as before he was killed. These followers went back to the other followers and told them what happened. Again, the followers did not believe them. Later Jesus showed himself to the eleven followers while they were eating. Jesus criticized the followers because they had little faith. They were stubborn and refused to believe the people that said Jesus had risen from death. Jesus said to the followers, "Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to every person. Any person that believes and is baptized will be saved. But the person that does not believe will be judged guilty. And the people that believe will be able to do these things as proof: They will use my name to force demons out of people. They will speak in languages they never learned. Those people will hold snakes without being hurt. And those people will drink poison without being hurt. Those people will touch sick people, and the sick people will be healed." After the Lord Jesus said these things to the followers, he was carried up into heaven. There, Jesus sat at the right side of God. The followers went everywhere in the world and told the Good News to people. And the Lord helped them. The Lord proved that the Good News they told people was true. He proved this by giving the followers power to do miracles.
— Mark 16:9-20 NLT
Illustration of Mark 16:9-20 NLT — "Go everywhere in the world.

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 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


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.