The Two “GO’s” of Mark
The gospel of Mark has two endings. The shorter, and probably more accurate one, tells us the story of three traumatized women leave the empty tomb unable to speak because they are bound by bewilderment and fear from what they saw (Mark 16:1-8).
The longer ending, one that surfaced about a hundred and fifty years later, has three post-resurrection appearances of Jesus the last of which is to the Eleven disciples who are told that amazing signs that will accompany them (Mark 16:9-20). Both sections have commands to: “GO!”
Mark 16:7 – “But GO, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”
Mark 16:15 – “He (Jesus) said to them, ‘GO into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. ‘ “
True to the example set in Jesus’ ministry, the post-resurrection focus is outward. Both the angel and Jesus send the followers of our risen Lord not to church, but to cities and beyond. As we examine these two “GO’s” of Mark in our Jesus 365 study, I want us to look at what these two “GO’s” mean for them and for us.