Mark 16:14 - 20
Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole 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 cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
Reflection. Setting aside confusing thoughts about snakes and poisons, let's concentrate on the very best of news. Here is the Gospel; Jesus is RISEN! Read that again, Jesus is RISEN! Once more, Jesus is RISEN!
Death could not hold Jesus Death could not defeat Jesus. Jesus is RISEN! He is RISEN indeed!
Thanksgiving. Hallelujah. Jesus is RISEN! Amen. Amen. Amen.