Saturday, 14 April 2012
14th April 2012 Mark 16:9-15
When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it. Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either. Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
I love the fact that the last verse is so to the point. Jesus despaired of the disciples for their doubt and yet told them to go and preach the gospel. If there is any verse which tells us we're more than good enough this is it.
Doubting that you're good enough to be baptised? Don't.
Doubting that you're good enough to read in church? Don't.
Doubting that you're good enough to be called to ministry? Don't.
Jesus we thank you for reminding us that you love us as we are, and have a job for us to do for you. Amen