With a scroll in one hand and a stained quill in the other, I paused to reflect on the life of the Man who came to save humanity.
He had died a while back, and though in the moment of His death, no one understood why his words, parables, and sermons, pointed him as the Savior, but He couldn’t save himself from this shame. However, a series of events happened after His death, including the presence of the Holy Spirit in His believers. At this time, we understood His death was a means to save humanity. I believe the Holy Spirit helped with this newfound fact.
I wasn’t part of the Great Twelve, but Jesus sent me out with the seventy disciples to deliver the Great Commission to others. I always watched from afar but with great concentration how Jesus sat to speak to the people. He went to different places each time and gave the words and promises He received from His Father. I doubt if the people understood His teachings as I sometimes read the confusion on the faces of the Great Twelve who should understand Him being close to Him. How does the multitude intend to if the Great Twelve do not understand?
I have been there when Jesus sometimes explains His words. Irrespective of our seeming lack of understanding, He never stopped teaching us. Thus, after His death, I knew I had to write down what I knew through the help of the Holy Spirit. I wrote this down and titled it the book of Mark.
Mark wrote down the public ministry of Jesus, His death, and resurrection. He documented the very word of the Savior. He thought hard about how best to end his writing and finally got it. What better way than to end it with Jesus’ last words; Mark 16:15, ‘And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.’
With that closing charge, there is no denying Jesus’ death, resurrection, and expectation of every believer before His second coming. With this revelation, Mark thanked the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Then he dropped his quill, closed the scroll, and the gospel was written according to Mark.
Hence, being a believer without fulfilling the Great Commission means ignoring the two kinds of love Jesus expressed in his lifetime and commanded us to express: important commandments as given by Jesus, Jesus’ love for humanity, and love for our neighbors.
The Great Commission is actionable, so we cannot say we love God when we are not obeying his commandment (Mark 15:15) neither can we say we love our neighbor when we are not sharing the good news (gospel) with them.
Don’t ever forget Jesus’ last words to us. We are to show love by bringing others to the light He has brought us.