Reflexion, A Spiritual Community

Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:35-38 and John 15:1-11

April 14, 2019 Season 4 Episode 13
Reflexion, A Spiritual Community
Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:35-38 and John 15:1-11
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Reflexion, A Spiritual Community
Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:35-38 and John 15:1-11
Apr 14, 2019 Season 4 Episode 13
Chuck Smith, Jr
John 15
Show Notes

Did you know Gospel of Mark does not have proper ending?

Women came to Jesus’ tomb, the body was gone, but an angel met them there and instructed them to go tell his disciples that he had risen. Then the last words of Mark’s gospel are:
they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid (Mk. 16:8)
– Christian scribes must have found this disturbing, so they made up endings
• it’s odd that Mark would leave his story hanging that way,
• because his gospel really is a masterpiece
◦ in way he used literary tools that were available to him
◦ in fact, Matthew and Luke borrowed Mark’s basic outline
 and retold some of his stories exactly as Mark had written them
– perhaps the abrupt ending is evidence of his genius
• the story of Jesus does not end with his resurrection
◦ it goes on – and will go on forever
◦ that’s similar to way John ends his gospel

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