Finishing Mark’s Gospel, chapters 14 thru 16, we read of the actual account of Jesus becoming our #4, Savior by means of instituting #5, the Gospel in its two principal elements; whereby He dies on the Cross for our sins, and rises from the dead. He speaks of Judas, at The Last Supper, as one who was going to commit a great #2, sin, and that his #3, judgment would be incredibly severe. After that, Jesus speaks of #5, the Gospel, and how that His Blood would be poured out for many, resulting in another, future supper in #10, the Kingdom. The disciples were still not understanding, but Jesus explicitly tells them of His resurrection, in verse 28; a part of #5, the Gospel. With the High Priest’s question, and Jesus’ answer, He is also explicitly stating that He is the Messiah and #4, Savior; and restates it before Pilate in 15:2.
Continuing thru chapter 15, Jesus has been arrested, tried, condemned, and brought before Pilate. Pilate bows to the pressure and hands Jesus over to be crucified, which commences with verse 24. It’s incredible to read in verse 32 that Israel’s leaders understood that they were to #7, believe upon Him, but utterly refused to do so. With verse 37, we have that important element of #5, the Gospel, where Jesus dies for our sins. The chapter culminates with the record of Jesus’ seeming defeat and burial in verse 46.
Then, from chapter 16, Mark tells us the very best of news! Verses 6 and 9 tell of the other principal element of #5, the Gospel; that Christ rose from the dead! Verses 11 and following repeatedly states the necessity to #7, believe in Christ’s resurrection from the dead, which would result in one’s salvation; which can only be the promise of #8, the New Birth! Verses 15 and 16 constitute a #9, New Life teaching that those who have #7, believed and have experienced #8, the New Birth are to take the glorious Good News of the #5, Gospel of #4, the Savior’s death for our sins and resurrection to all the world, that they too might #7, believe and be #8, Born Again in God’s salvation!
Confusion around Mark 16:17+18 abounds. The signs Jesus spoke of were not to accompany everyone who would ever believe. That is to leave verses 19 and 20 out. Verse 20 specifically states that the signs were given to accompany those with Him in the Upper Room when He spoke verses 17 and 18. Only those, who would be Apostles and prophets of His were to have such signs accompany them. This is told us in Hebrews 2:3+4, and in Ephesians 4:11, with 2:20. The book of Acts and II Timothy records the ending of the giving of these signs just about one generation after Jesus ascended into heaven. Its what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell