The Unfinished Story
“And they went out . . .” Mark 16:20
It is finished and we are not. The resurrection is the cornerstone of Christianity. It is the confirmation of the work He came to do. The resurrection was the ultimate proof that His redemptive rescue was accepted, the payment for sin is accomplished, He had crushed the head of death. It’s remarkable how often the resurrection is mentioned by the writers of the New Testament. “He was raised to life for our justification.” Romans 4:25 “He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3
Thank God the resurrection was confirmed. The Jew, the Gentile, the Priest, the Roman guard, the women at the tomb, the disciples who struggled to believe, all testify Christ has not only died for us, but has risen. The resurrection was the completion of their faith, it was their motivation and reason for living. Many would follow in the footsteps of these men and women. They would boldly tell of the rebounding life of Christ.
The resilience of the resurrection is that in spite of every effort of the enemy, the word of truth powered on. Churches were established in city after city and country after country. The little seed that began eventually spread throughout the world and blossomed into a great kingdom. The good fight continued and the work went on. What followed were signs of the miraculous, resurrected life of Jesus.
It’s not known if the last pages of Mark’s writing were lost, or if perhaps it was never finished. The sense here of an unfinished story of the gospel is intentional. Simply because the gospel of Jesus is always unfinished. Maybe the pages are missing because we are the next chapter. Christianity is a continual story to be carried on in the individual lives of Jesus’ disciples.
There is an unwritten page left for each of us to write our story of what Jesus has done and said in us. So, what’s your story? Find someone you can tell your story of redemption.