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Making a Comeback


"Barnabas wanted to take John, who is also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work" (Acts 15: 37-38).

The term comeback is used in sports rather often. If a team has not played very well for most of the game and it mounts a rally toward the end, it is called a comeback. There is often an ebb and flow within a game when one team has the advantage for a while and then the other comes on strong later in the contest. A team would like to play well for the whole game but the reality is that usually the team playing better at the end is the winner. Our verse today revolves around a young man named John, who we know more familiarly as Mark. He is generally credited as the author of the gospel bearing his name. He was the cousin of Barnabas and accompanied him and the apostle Paul on their first missionary journey. For some reason, he did not complete the journey. The reason is not given. Maybe it was because he was younger and more inexperienced than Paul and Barnabas. Good men can often disagree on things and Barnabas wanted Mark along on the next mission, while Paul, because he had deserted them earlier, did not want him to come. It worked out well as Mark and his cousin went to Cyprus and Paul joined up with Silas to become a dynamic team.

Mark and Barnabas disappear from the book of Acts, but are talked about by Paul later on in some of his letters. "Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him)" (Col. 4:10)......"as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers" (Phlm. 24)........"Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry" (2 Tim. 4:11). It seems like Mark made a comeback. The person who Paul did not want to take along on a mission is now clearly a trusted co-worker. Luke and Paul mention Mark enough for us to know that he became a major player in the spread of the gospel. I believe that the lesson here is a clear one. Mark may have made a mistake or two, (don't we all) but he made a great comeback. The team that is ahead at the end of the game, not at the beginning, is the winner. The Lord is willing to take us wherever we are and give us a chance to make a comeback. The ball is in our court....

Have a great day...Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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