Go therefore and make disciples (literal Greek translation is students) of all nations, Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember that I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19,20.
Imagine that this one little Mark did not exist among all the commands of Jesus. Instead He said, “Tell no one the good news. Keep it to yourself. Keep it in Jerusalem. Baptize no foreigners. Teach nothing to the gentiles. Separate yourselves and be kind and faithful and obey all the other commands which I have commanded you, My chosen people.”
Imagine the freedom from responsibility to God and to humankind. Imagine the void, imagine the darkness. Imagine the gradual dying of Christ’s ministry as a second expulsion from Eden. Imagine that Christ never offered you immortal life because no one came to America. No one went to Rome; no one went to Greece.
Now open your eyes and see how this Mark turned twelve disciples into twelve trillion.
How crucial for aspiring immortals to make students (i.e. disciples) and to teach them. Because no one is born a student, (s)he becomes one, you and I must still recruit students (disciples) of God, baptizing and teaching them to obey Christ’s commands. Ignorance is deadly. God is knowledge. In teaching and learning is the fountain of Life.
Is anyone else who reads these Marks as amazed as I am at how unique and powerful, so many of them are? Like stars come to Earth; like Christ being with us always, to the end of the age.