As we come to the end of the Gospel of Mark, we find that Mark revisits many themes that he introduced in the opening verses of his Gospel. Once again we have reference to the Gospel, or glad tidings, about Jesus Christ. Once again we have messengers preaching – in the beginning John the Baptizer came preparing the way for Jesus; now we see new messengers going out into the world announcing the news about Jesus. Once again, for the first time since the opening verses, Mark refers to Jesus using the exalted title Lord, the Sovereign Ruler, the King. So let us see the way in which Mark brings his Gospel to a close and, in so doing, prepares us to look not just back to what Jesus has done but forward to what He is going to continue to do.