Good morning! What an interesting day it has already started to be. I had to give a short cooking lesson already at breakfast; J was interested in the scrambled eggs. I think he's decided he likes eating them more than cooking them. Now he's singing to me as I type. Have you ever tried typing at the keyboard with a cat between you and the keyboard. Interesting, to say the least. Growling wouldn't make me stop so she finally abandoned her post.
Today we are in chapter 16, the very last chapter of the book of Mark. The Sabbath has passed, and now it is the first day of the week --Sunday. Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of James have come to the sepulchre to anoint the body of Jesus. Because he had died so close to the Sabbath, they weren't allowed to do this before his burial.
Being women, they were wondering just who they could get to roll away the stone so they could get to the body. Imagine their surprise when they saw the stone already rolled away, and a man dressed in a white garment sitting there!
They were very frightened at this, and I don't blame them!
But he told them, don't be afraid. You seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is risen and is not here. Go tell Peter and the disciples to meet Jesus in Galilee.
On their way to tell the disciples, Jesus appeared to them. They told this to the disciples but they did not believe the women. Still they did not understand that Jesus was telling them truth when he said he would rise again 3 days later. Even when Jesus appeared to two of the disciples the others still did not believe.
They did not believe until they saw him with their own eyes. Jesus scolded them for their unbelief.
15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16. He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
In verse sixteen, notice the word "and". That means we must believe and also be baptized. Jesus said it himself. Belief is an action. We must be obedient when we believe.
If a man said, I'm bringing you a car. It's yours, but you must take the key from my hand and start the engine to claim it. If you just took the key, the car wouldn't be completely yours yet. You didn't fulfill the agreement. You have to start the engine.
In order to keep the car running you have to take care of it with gas and oil and all that, right? Its the same for our soul. We have to continue reading the Word and praying, and live righteously.
Have a wonderful day.