The resurrection and ascension of Jesus

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In the final installment of Mark's "good news", Mark summarises Jesus' appearances after his resurrection, his ascension into heaven, and the commands he left with his disciples. Throughout the gospel, Mark has left us with two challenges: will we believe that Jesus really is the Son of God? And will we take up our crosses to follow him? The climax is here.

Passages:Mark 16:9-20
Date:May 15, 2011
Series & Preacher:Gospel of Mark, David Anderson (Brotherhood Baptist Church, Eldoret, Believers' Fellowship)
Tags:ascension, final week, great commission, mark, mary magdalene, resurrection
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Mark 16:9-20

9Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 10And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. 12After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. 14Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (KJV)

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