The past couple of weekends, at Reality, we’ve looked at Mark 16:17&18 NLT “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”
These are Jesus’ words. He is speaking to his disciples. This account is recorded right before Jesus was taken up into Heaven.
As we hear these words, there might be a sense of questioning & doubt. Many of us have questions. We wonder about the actual meaning of this passage. Some questions might be, “Does He actually mean this for me today?” or “What if I prayed for someone, but they weren’t healed?” “Do I have to do all of these signs?” “Snakes!? Really!?” We are asking quietly and silently if what He says is real…is it true?
Are we asking the right questions? Since we’ve been saved by believing in Jesus, it should follow that we believe Jesus. We believe that what Jesus says is true.
Jesus, the hope of mankind, Jesus, the reason we have access to salvation. Jesus, the one who we trust for our salvation and the opportunity for forgiveness. Jesus, who paid the price, for all, that we may choose to live free of a debt we could not pay. That same Jesus spoke these words.
The questions that could serve us more effectively may be, “Jesus, please show me how your words apply to me today?” “Jesus, how do I learn to speak in “new languages”?” “Jesus, are there demons in my life today?”
It seems fruitless to believe Jesus for salvation, but in the next breath doubt His words about the signs that follow.
We do not need to fully understand, but we can ask for understanding.
We do not need to know how it all works. Instead ask and trust.
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