While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
End of My Experiment
This is the end of my experiment to communicate directly with Jesus as a part of my devotions each day. It was important for me to move away from just a theoretical knowledge about Jesus to developing a real relationship with Jesus. My entries were then prayers rather than paraphrases or comments on what the passage was saying.
In these coming weeks I will go through Mark changing the approach from just prayer to a more traditional entry and a prayer at the end.
- What did Jesus tell his disciples to make?
- How had Jesus modeled his calling for them?
- How were the disciples to fulfill the Great Commission?
- How would Jesus have you become a deeper disciple?
- How would Jesus have you create disciples?