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Ending With Confidence

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Stephen Johns

on 1 February 2015

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Ending With Confidence
Mark 16:5-20
An Unusual Ending?
Different Versions Different Decisions
Where did this ending come from?
Why does it matter?
Verse 9 is from Luke 8:1-3
Verse 10 is from John 20:18
Verse 11 is from Luke 24:11
Verse 12 is from Luke 24:13 to 32
Verse 13 is from Luke 24
Verse 14 is from Luke 24:36 to 38
Verse 15 is from Matthew 28:19
Verse 16 is from out of John 20:23
Verse 19 is a compilation from Acts 1 and Stephen's vision of Christ.
1. It matters because we want to know what God says and not a scribe.
2. It matters because the Bible is the authority for life.
3. It matters because it misses the whole point of the ending that Mark intended.
Markan Irony at its Best
Points of Irony at the End
Mark is a living example of Irony
A Final Plea of Irony
Dealing with the Weak in Faith
Fear is natural to us weak people
Fear is a Great Threat to us
Christ is our Strength
“I do want young Christians to understand what they must expect to find in themselves. I want to prevent their being stumbled and puzzled by the discovery of their own weakness and infirmity. . . that so long as they are in the body, they must not expect faith to be above the reach of fear.”
- J.C. Ryle
1. The Trials of life are intended to both reveal and to purify our faith
2. This purifying takes place when we are prone to doubt the character, actions, and plan of God
3. The growth of faith occurs when we have a firm response to these trials based on the person and work of Christ.

It is a Spirit empowered response to believe and act on the truth about who God is and what He is doing . . . when we can't see it for ourselves.
1 Peter 1:6-9

"6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
Mark 4:38-41

"38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
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