by Pastor Joel Lawler
Jesus had completed His work here on earth. He had come, lived a sinless life, preached hope and love to the masses, healed many, discipled a group of men, gave His life for our sins and kicked hell and death in the teeth by rising again from the grave.
He had done what He was called to do and what no one else could have accomplished. All creation now had a pathway to restoration through Him. What was being held captive by sin and death, He created a way to freedom.
It was time to go back to His Father in heaven and leave us to continue the work that He had started. We were given the task to tell His story, love the unlovely, give hope to the hopeless, heal the sick, befriend the friendless and most of all, live as He did so as to point all men to Him.
Here in Mark 16:15-18, Jesus gives us our instructions.
He [Jesus] said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people,