February 15 – Gospel Readthrough – Mark 16

Read Mark 16:1-20

“He has risen. He is not here.”

I very much enjoyed it when Phil Wickman sang at our church a few years ago. He sang about Jesus and the songs encouraged me about living my life in a way that honors Him. The next year, Birdie and I and some friends went to Akron to see MercyMe in concert. They also sing about Jesus.  They sing about Easter. Singing can be a thankful expression of freedom.

His Name Is Jesus is a song about Easter by Phil Wickman:

“The King is in the room,

Come see the scars of love upon His hands,

We’ll watch the darkness flee at His command,

Who is this King?”

“His name is Jesus,

Light of the world,

There’s freedom in His name.”

When Jesus appeared to the disciples after the resurrection – what a moment that must have been!

“The hands of the resurrected Jesus had scars on them… ‘Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe’…As He said this, He showed them His hands and feet…” (from Luke 24: 36-41 Jesus Appears to The Disciples).

How is there freedom in the name of Christ?

“…there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:1

The freedom in His name is explained here:

“And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

Romans 8:2

So, the Spirit of Jesus Christ frees you from the sin that we all are guilty of. As a Christian you are free from your past. You once were lost. Now you are found and free!

David Crowder also sings about the same life-giving freedom that Christ offers – from sin’s power that leads to death – in his song PROVE IT:

“If you’re free prove it,

If you’re not lose the chains on your soul –

Come, freedom.”

The fact is that in Mark 16, the resurrection is about freedom. It is about freedom from sin. You and I have an opportunity to be free from sin through Jesus Christ. By asking Him into our lives, we can take the step to freedom from sin.

The apostle John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23) wrote about it in John 8:36 –

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

The King is in the room!

Tom Weckesser

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