Mark 16:1-8, Is This the Conclusion of Mark’s Gospel?

[April 5, 2015] It is Easter morning, both for us and the women in today’s Gospel text. The text ends: “And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” You will usually be told that these words end the Gospel according to Mark, and that what follows in verse 9 is a . . . → Read More: Mark 16:1-8, Is This the Conclusion of Mark’s Gospel?

Luke 24:36-53, The Easter Ascension and Commission

[May 12, 2013] Today, being the Sunday after the Ascension, we read the end of the Gospel according to Luke which both concludes Luke’s gospel and anticipates his Acts of the Apostles. At this point in Luke’s resurrection account Jesus has only appeared to Peter and the two people on the road . . . → Read More: Luke 24:36-53, The Easter Ascension and Commission

Luke 23:56b—24:12, Resurrection of the Sent One

[March 31, 2013] Easter Sunday. Luke’s account of Jesus’ death is noticeably different than that of Matthew, Mark and John. When they were crucifying Him, Jesus prays, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” There is that exchange between the two men who were crucified with Him . . . → Read More: Luke 23:56b—24:12, Resurrection of the Sent One

Matthew 28:2-20, The Beginning

Recapitulation and Fulfillment

[April 8, 2012] Today we come to the last chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. It is the conclusion not only of the passion account that began in chapter 26 but of the entire gospel. In no way is it an appendix. It is momentous; it is that . . . → Read More: Matthew 28:2-20, The Beginning