Why the big hurry?

Mark 16:19 – In Mark, Jesus rises from the dead, gets everything done and ascends into heaven all in ONE day. Why the big hurry? And why is Mark the only book to depict such a short timeline?


4 Responses to “Why the big hurry?”

  1. Where does Mark say this all happened in one day? He does not. This is your assumption because he does not mention how much time passes in between these events. Mark frequently leaves out how much time has passed. Look at the beginning of the book. Do you think Mark meant that John began preaching, baptized several people, and Jesus all in one day?
    Using your way of reading this gospel we might conclude Jesus ministry only lasted a few days, not three years.
    Mark was not writing a day by day minute by minute account. It should not be read as such.

  2. Paul,

    Mark 16:9-20

    9. Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
    10. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
    11. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
    12. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
    13. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.
    14. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
    15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
    16. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
    17. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
    18. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
    19. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
    20. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

    Explain it to me. I’m happy to understand how you come to your opinions.


  3. Ok, let’s look at another passage by Mark
    From Mark 1:35-45

    35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 36 Simon and his companions went to look for him, 37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

    38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” 39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.A man with leprosy [i] came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”

    41 Jesus was indignant. [j] He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.

    43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

    According to your way of reading Mark, all this occurred in one day. After all, it begins with, “Very early in the morning…” and then has no other mentions of days passing. But, if you actually read with the most basic of reading skills, it becomes obvious that these verses contain a lot of passages of time.
    Read a simple commentary on the way Mark wrote.

  4. Greetings,

    About Mark’s account of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances: the most likely reason why Mark 16:9-20 relates these events without clear chronological markers (like, “This happened on Sunday,” and “This happened later that day” and “This happened 40 days later”) is that Mark 16:9-20 existed independently as a catechetical or liturgical text, intended to summarize Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances, before it was incorporated into the Gospel of Mark.

    You can learn more about this passage (and why it is presented in questionable ways in some Bibles) at http://www.curtisvillechristian.org/MarkOne.html .

    As far as your question about why things all happen on one day in Mark, I think this is really something that you’re reading into the text. After all, Mark 16:12 says “after that,” and 16:14 begins with “Afterward” (or “Later,”) and 16:19 begins by saying, “After the Lord had spoken unto them,” — so there *are* definite indications that Mark is reporting about distinct, separate events here. He does not provide details about /how/ separated they are, chronologically, but that is not a license to assume that these events therefore all occurred rapid-fire, on the same day. Does this answer your question?

    Yours in Christ,

    James Snapp, Jr.

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