Growing up I was blessed as many people were with Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story”. We enjoyed the way he put a story together to draw you in, and then when you were hooked he could reveal some great treasure, in the rest of the story.
The book of Mark, in our oldest documents, has lost its ending. It abruptly ends in verse eight of chapter 16: “ Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.” This ending doesn’t fill us with the same hope as the other Gospel accounts, which is why someone likely added the rest of the story. Somewhere, someone was pressed to add a synopsis of all the events recorded in the other Gospel accounts to give Mark a more complete ending.
I challenge you to think about this: The Resurrection hope didn’t end at the moment the grave rolled away. It didn’t end with the women telling the disciples, or the disciples running to an empty tomb. It didn’t even end on a hillside forty days later, when Jesus ascended to heaven. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:3-9 that Jesus appeared to more than five hundred followers, and then in heavenly form to himself. However, the Resurrection hope didn’t end there. The rest of the story continued, and continues even today. You and I who put faith in Jesus Christ are a part of the rest of the story. The story will not end until one day we are in the eternal presence of Jesus Christ. Then in eternity we shall never come to an end.
Be blessed on your journey with Jesus.
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