Today’s passage: Mark 16:14-16
In the aftermath of Easter, we’ve reached the last explicit mention of the gospel in Mark. The resurrected Jesus tells his disciples: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned” (15-16). His command underscores once again the importance of the gospel as seen in Mark 13:10, “The gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” The good news is vital for all of mankind.
So, here at the end of of Mark’s account…what exactly would he say the good news is?
I think Mark would summarize it along these lines: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has come, died, and risen again, demonstrating his power over all that is wrong in the world. He will continue to restore God’s creation through those who believe in Jesus’ gospel and repent of their sins.” There are certainly some phrases in there that one could unpack theologically, but I believe that’s a summary consistent with Mark’s account. What would you say is the gospel according to Mark?
Today’s chocolate is another block of Theo sea salt dark chocolate. I am not a fan of that salt flavor. Some would describe it as a mix of “sweet and savory,” but not I. Savory is flavorful, like a good steak, or sharp cheddar and Parmesan Cheez-It Duoz. Savory makes you want to savor the flavor. The salt in this bar is just a salty interruption of the chocolate’s sweetness.
Fortunately, aid has arrived, here to save me from this assault on my taste buds before I develop saltiness Stockholm syndrome. Tune in tomorrow as I break open a new chocolate bar and also the gospel of Luke.