Today's verse is the strange anticlimax of Mark's Gospel. Many scholars consider that this is the last verse Mark wrote personally; as most of the early copies of the book end here.
This last section of Mark's Gospel (16:9-20), comments on the disciple's astonishing refusal to believe that Jesus was alive.
This reflects Luke 24:13-35 in which Jesus appeared incognito to two loyal followers walking back home from Jerusalem on Resurrection Sunday.
The story in Luke 24:41-43 does not have the stern rebuke that is indicated here. However the fact was that the disciples were not believing, nor were their hearts filled with joy.
This passage echoes Matthew 28:18-20; which we know as the Great Commission.
Signs are not designed to be objects of wonder in their own right: their job is to point out the right way to go.
Although Mark probably did not pen the final 11 verses of the Gospel, this final summary bridges the gap between Jesus' life and the early church.
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