How did your Bible deal with verses 9-20? Did they bracket them like mine? Did they refer to them as the longer and the shorter ending? Although the Council of Trent in 1442 decided they were cannonical, most modern translations bracket them off. They seem to clearly not be original. Although this does not make them necessarily less scriptural. What do you think?
For more information see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_16
Observation: The extra scripture is fascinating to me. Unlike Luke's version that we'll read in the next few days, Mark's Jesus wasn't exactly "magical". He was good, and performed miracles, but if they text stands, he was still "missing" at the conclusion of verse 9. He didn't come back and walk into locked rooms or disappear in front of people. Yes, we "knew" where he was, but we hadn't seen him yet. Verses 9-20 tell a different story. They talk about Jesus who grants his followers abilities to control snakes, speak in other languages, perform miracles, and even drink poison without being hurt! And many people want to hold onto a magical Jesus. But does Jesus have to do "special things" in order to be wonderful? And do you have to perform miracles to be a disciple?
Application: I love the differences in the portrayals of Jesus. I'm a person who loves the grays of my life and my faith. I love that Mark sees Jesus differently than Luke. It means you can see Jesus differently than I do! Your relationship is your own. Each of the Gospel writers had their own perspectives and views. We can too! Maybe you speak in tongues and see miracles performed. Maybe you listen to Mumford and Sons and question the virgin birth. Maybe you sing the right hymns from the choir of First Church. Jesus still loves you and can be real in your life. I love the reality that we each have our own relationship. I pray tonight that your relationship, however it it looks is real, deep and strong. (and I pray that even if you can, that you don't play with dangerous snakes! Grins!)
Prayer: Christ of the Resurrection--thank you for coming to us! Thank you for loving us! Each in our own way. Let us find ways to be more loving to your children. Let us find ways to be more loving to ourselves. Let us find ways to never forget the importance of your coming! In they name we pray--Amen!
June 22-- Luke 1-Luke 3
June 23-- Luke 4-Luke 6
June 24-- Luke 7-Luke 9
June 25-- Luke 10-Luke 12
June 26-- Luke 13-Luke 15
June 27-- Luke 16-Luke 18
June 28-- Luke 19-Luke 21
June 29-- Luke 22-Luke 24