By Mike Chaffin
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
When you read the gospel of Mark you see in it a message of vital importance. One that he didn’t mince his words or expound. Mark is straight to the point, let’s get to the next thing you need to hear about Jesus. Where Matthew expounded on certain issues, using three chapters for the Sermon on the Mount and Luke uses two chapters to discuss Jesus’s birth and youth, Mark skips the Sermon and His youth. Mark focuses on Jesus’s authority and miracles in short, to the point messages.
These last words are no different. Matthew tells us what Jesus told them to do. Mark tells us that they did. Both messages are so important in our understanding of who Jesus is and how we live out our Christian faith.
Mark is all about action. Our actions need to follow Christ’s directions. He is on the throne, hearing our prayers and interceding for us. Christ said to ‘ask and you shall receive’. He wasn’t talking about a new Mercedes, but He was talking about wisdom, direction, healing, comfort, peace, faith, forgiveness, and needs like food, water, and shelter. Christ still hears and answers prayers.
Christ is on the throne, seated at the right hand of God. These are most reassuring last words.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that you are in control. You are Lord of all. I shout your praises. One day you will move your throne to earth. Come Lord Jesus. In Jesus name, amen.