Apr 16th, 2017
Mark 16:9–18 9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. 12 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. 14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (NKJV)
On the day that Jesus was raised from the dead there was a flurry of activity. From early morning to early evening, Jesus was actively ministering to His followers. He wanted them to know that He was alive. He wanted them to know that the resurrection was a reality. His resurrection had a three-fold ministry that day. There was A Ministry Of Consolation; A Ministry Of Confirmation and A Ministry Of Confrontation. These various ministries were designed to build faith in those who follow Jesus, and He still performs the same ministries today!