Most agree that the “long ending” of Mark’s Gospel (vs 9-20) is not from the pen of Mark and should not be considered sacred Scripture. It is clear that someone much later than Mark – probably in the 2nd century AD - added summaries of other Gospel stories in order to “finish” the story of Jesus. These summaries for the most part relate to events described in chapter 24 of the Gospel of Luke.
What is not at stake here is the authenticity of the Bible, as it is the most well-documented, and well-attested of any ancient writing. It is only because the biblical text has received such scholarly scrutiny that the “long ending” of Mark can be accurately recognized as a later addition to Mark’s finished story.
What is at stake here is hearing what Mark and the other Gospel writers want us to know, given the indisputable facts concerning the life and work of Jesus Christ. Today as we finish our walk through Mark’s Gospel, we take time to look back at his writing, look inside at our hearts,