This last chapter of Mark gives us the empty tomb, the resurrection and two options for an ending to this Gospel.
Today we look at the birth of Christ from the standpoint of God giving us his Son.
You have given us more than we could ever repay. You have put us eternally in your debt by sending your Son Jesus to live a real human life and to die a very human death for our sins.
We thank you for his humility, and the fact that he would be born as any normal human child and grow up through his teen years into adulthood like any other human being.
And we thank you for your salvation.
As the psalmist asks, what can we give you for all these benefits that you have given us?
We will receive the gift, receive your salvation and receive the free gift of eternal life.
Help us to live that life that we live completely for you, beginning now but lasting forever.
You are the Source of all life and the Creator of all things. And we understand that you gave your Son to suffer death in our place so that our sins would be forgiven.
We thank you for Jesus, who died, but was always planning to rise from the dead. He is now risen, just as he said.
He has conquered the grave and the gates of hell cannot prevail against his church.
Though we may feel sinful, dirty and lost, we trust that our sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ.
Though we may feel forgotten and alone, we understand that he is Immanuel, God with us, and he has promised to be with us always.
Help us to constantly keep that in mind as we wait for his soon return.
Thank you in Christ’s name,
The resurrection turns the ultimate defeat into the ultimate victory. Sin, death and Satan have now been dealt with forever because the Son of God has risen from the grave. The consequences of humanity’s fall into sin are reversed, never to take control of us again.
Just before issuing his Great Commission to the disciples, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” That means the sin, death and Satan combined have approximately zero authority.
Since this deals once and for all with our biggest problem, lesser problems also come into a proper perspective. All of the hurts, problems and defeats that I have experienced or that I have caused are reduced to times that my team and I have fallen behind in a winning game. It may look bad for the moment but our final victory is ultimately assured.
There is never a reason big enough to give up hope. Christ is risen and someday we too will be resurrected into a completely new life in him.